to be met by the gun-boats Estrella and St. Mary's, and intending to co-operate with General Weitzel in the waters of Atchafalaya.
He had on board the 21st Indiana regiment.
With a great deal of difficulty he succeeded in getting the Estrella, Sthoun into Atchafalaya Bay, from the channels of which the enemy had removed all the stakes and buoys.
Entering the Atchafalaya River the little flotilla met the Confederate iron-clad Cotton, which after a sharp engagement made her escape up the rivnemy had crossed over and was making its way up to Franklin.
They were immediately followed by the flotilla up the Atchafalaya River, through Bayou Teche to a point five miles above Pattersonville, and three from the mouth of the Teche — where the Bayou Teche to a point five miles above Pattersonville, and three from the mouth of the Teche — where the enemy was found posted in force.
The gun-boats opened fire, and the enemy retreated to a point two miles further up the river, where they had obstructed the approaches with piles, and where they were also supported by the gun-boat Cotton, which ves