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The Daily Dispatch: April 15, 1862., [Electronic resource], The approaches to New Orleans from the Gulf — a Yankee description. (search)
s from the Gulf of Mexico in a northwest direction, and connects with the Mississippi river at Donalsonville, seventy miles above the city of New Orleans. This bayou is navigated by steamers employed in transporting the produce from the rich sugar region to New Orleans. There are many valuable plantations on its shores. The westernmost approach to the great cotton port of the Gulf is at Atchafalaya Bay, the entrance to which is defended by batteries at Belle Isle, Point an Fer, and Deer Island, the latter being at the mouth of the Atchafalaya river, to which point nine feet may, with great care, be carried. Fifteen miles above Dear Island is the head of Berwick's Bay, above which passes the New Orleans and Opelousas Railroad. Steamers of five feet draft and under go from Berwick's Bay, through Bayou Plaquemine, into Mississippi river, at the village of Plaquemine, or through the Atchafalaya river to Red river, and thence through a canal into the Mississippi at a point one hun