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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The capture of Port Hudson. (search)
ll until it should be occupied. Banks had finally to send his chief quartermaster back to Washington before these deficiencies could be supplied. Again, Banks had not been informed until he reached New Orleans that the Confederates held in force any fortified place below Vicksburg, yet Port Hudson, 135 miles above New Orleans, was found strongly intrenched, with Sharp-Shooters of the 75th N. Y. Volunteers picking off the gunners of the Confederate gun-boat cotton, in the action at Bayou Teche, La., January 14, 1863. from a sketch made at the time. 21 heavy guns in position, and a garrison of 12,000 men-in-creased to 16,000 before Banks could have brought an equal number to the attack. Banks could not communicate with the commander of the northern column, and knew practically nothing of its movements. Under these conditions, all concert between the cooperating forces was rendered impossible from the start, and it became inevitable that the expectations of the Governmen