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The Daily Dispatch: April 15, 1862., [Electronic resource], The approaches to New Orleans from the Gulf — a Yankee description. (search)
e taken from the Guld, through West Bay, and this bayou, into the river at this point; but the ground in the neighborhood is no marshy that no foothold can be obtained for even infantry — This approach is also below Forts Phillip and Jackson. To the westward of the passes on the const of Louisiana is Bastian Bay, which is connected with the Mississippi by a small bayou, passable only to boats. Still further to the westward is Barataria Bay, the entrance to which is defended by Fort Livingston, a brick fortification consisting of one tier of casemate guns and a battery mounted en barbette. The fort is in good condition, well manned, but still it may be approached from the land side, and at the same time vessels drawing eighteen feet may approach to within two and a half miles, or easy range of the work. Vessels drawing nine feet may enter the Barataria Bay, which is fifteen miles long, Seven feet of water may be carried to the upparend of the bay, which connects with the Mis