orty-three prisoners, a considerable amount of cotton, and destroyed valuable rebel manufactories.
In his operations up the Teche and Atchafalaya, General Banks encountered the enemy, under Sibley, Taylor, and Mouton, at several points, and defeated them in every engagement.
Buttea La Rose was captured, with a garrison and two heavy guns.
By the gunboats, under Lieutenant Commanding T. Cooke, of the navy, General Banks reached Alexandria on the eighth of May, the enemy retreating toward Shreveport and into Texas.
In this expedition General Banks reports the capture of two thousand prisoners, twenty-two pieces of artillery, two transports, and a large amount of public property.
We destroyed three gunboats and eight transports.
Our own loss, in the different engagements with the enemy, was very slight — numbers not given.
General Banks now returned to the Mississippi River, and crossed his ármy to Bayou Sara, where he formed a junction, on the twenty-third of May, with General