to report to you that I was about to ascend Red River with a fleet of gunboats, in company with a nth of March I had assembled at the mouth of Red River a large fleet of ironclads, composed of the ith, joined me in transports at the mouth of Red River, and next morning early the gunboats startedto follow them by land, while I proceeded up Red River with all the gunboats and transports.
In thship Black Hawk, U. S. Mississippi Squadron, Red River, March 12, 1864.
sir: You will proceed at once up the Red River with the vessels I will detail to follow you, and commence removing the obstorder of the twelfth instant, I proceeded up Red River; the La Fayette, Choctaw, Osage, Neosho, Ozatered the river.
The army had arrived at Natchitoches, near Grand Ecore, when I got up here, and ne year, 1846, when there was no rise in the Red River, and it may happen again.
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All the rivers are full and rising, but the Red River is falling at the rate of two inches a day —