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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
iles apart, and Steele's army had to make slow marches on account of bad roads and the difficulty of obtaining supplies. Hence it was impossible for them to move in harmony as regards time, and next to impossible for one to notify the other of any detention that might occur. The whole idea was in violation of the rule of war that two armies co-operating with each other should be in constant communication. This co-operation might easily have been effected if Steele had marched to Columbia, La., through a much better country than the one he passed through. On arriving at Columbia, he would have been within eighty miles of General Banks, and could have been supplied with stores by way of the Washita River, where the gun-boats could have protected his transports and added to the strength of his artillery. The two armies could have been put in communication near Mansfield, one on each side of the Red River, and the Confederates would have retreated to Shreveport without resist