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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
ad been watching. But shortly before the time definitely fixed upon for taking the field on Red River, Admiral Porter resolved, in his turn, to encounter the enemy on the Washita, and thus clear the way by which Steele was expected to come to take part in the campaign. A large part of Porter's fleet had already collected near the mouth of Red River, its services on the Mississippi being limited henceforth to mere patrol duty and cruising between the Federal fortified places. On the 29th of February the admiral himself arrived in front of Red River, and at once ordered Lieutenant Ramsay to ascend this river with six war-vessels and penetrate into the Washita. We have said that this latter stream, often called Black River beyond its confluence with the Tensas, falls into Red River about thirty miles above the point where their waters fall into the Mississippi, and below Fort de Russy. The Federal fleet—a formidable one, for it comprised a monitor and carried seventy guns—was there