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C. P. Stone (search for this): chapter 43
ave been in as compact a condition as could have been possible and the final result would have been different. Banks had probably never heard of the old rule, Choose your own ground, and let the enemy attack you. At all events, he went directly contrary to the maxim; but even then he would have been successful had he waited a day longer. Banks had two officers of the regular army, Franklin and Emory, in command of divisions, but he seemed to ignore them until he got hard pushed. General C. P. Stone, his chief-of-staff, was a clever officer, but he set aside his opinions. He allowed the enemy to bring on a battle on ground over which the Army would have to pass by a narrow road through a pine forest, filled with a dense undergrowth, with no room to handle men, much less to have a dress parade of army wagons. The Army could only march in very narrow columns. General Banks cannot say he did not know the position of the Army when he brought on this battle, for Franklin had expl
William Rogers Taylor (search for this): chapter 43
mmediately. She had a number of negroes on board who had fled from Grand Ecore, but they were all killed, many of them shot while struggling in the water. General Taylor told the Admiral, after the war, that he was present and in command on this occasion, and, besides three batteries of artillery, he had three thousand infantrg their fire into the vessels all the time. The Admiral reproached the General for his want of courtesy in shooting at him as he passed along the upper deck, but Taylor assured him that he ordered the firing to cease the moment he recognized the Admiral. If this was so, and amid all the noise and confusion, no one could pretend to recollect the exact circumstances of the case, the Admiral must attribute it to the chivalric feeling in General Taylor's breast towards one with whom he had been intimate in the days when the South did not dream of shedding Northern blood. When Lieutenant-Commander Phelps saw the difficulties ahead, he steamed down in the
J. F. Liddell (search for this): chapter 43
account: On the 12th of April I sailed at 7 o'clock A. M. from the Chute. Upon arriving at a point ten miles below the Chute, the enemy opened upon my boats, doing more or less damage to all of them. I found myself entirely environed. General Liddell was on one side of the river with a force of 2,500 men and a battery; on the other was a force variously estimated at from 30,000 to 40,000, flushed with their recent victory over General Banks' command. The river was very narrow, very tortun by. I remain, yours truly, Thos. O. Selfridge, Commander, U. S. N. It was nearly dusk when the battle ended, and little could be seen except the numerous dead and wounded lying on the field. From the prisoners it was learned that General Liddell, with 5,000 infantry and artillery, was only two miles away and had held back, owing to the shot and shell from the gun-boats falling in his ranks and killing his men. Had this force come up it would have fared worse than the other, for the
Kirby Smith (search for this): chapter 43
s far been met with, and one or two guns fell into the hands of the Navy a few miles below Grand Ecore. Up to this time the opinion seemed general that the Confederates did not intend to offer any opposition to the Federal advance, and that Kirby Smith, the Confederate general, would adhere to his agreement --viz., to let the Army and the contractors get all the cotton they could find. The very deliberate movements of the Army gave color to these reports, and the large number of empty steamd a proper force of cavalry. On the 25th, news was received that the train had been captured and the colonel in command of the escort mortally wounded. Before this time the Confederates had learned that Banks had retreated to stay, and General Kirby Smith with 8,000 Confederates had joined General Price, and the combined forces were marching upon Steele's position. Under all the circumstances, with no hope of being joined by Banks, General Steele wisely concluded to evacuate Camden and fal
Henry Walke (search for this): chapter 43
all their energies in preparing to repel the invaders. Some eight miles below Fort De Russy they commenced a series of works near the Bend of the Rappiones, commanding a difficult pass of the river, and placed formidable obstructions to prevent the passage of the gunboats. The fleet of gun-boats, under Rear-Admiral Porter, starting out, followed by the army transports, having on board 10,000 soldiers, under Gen. A. J. Smith, May 12, 1864. (from an original pen-and-ink drawing by Rear-Admiral H. Walke.) These obstructions consisted of a line of heavy piles driven deep into the muddy bottom, and extending quite across the river, supported by a second tier of shorter ones below, on which rested braces and ties from the upper line. Immediately below the piles, a raft of heavy timber, well secured, extended across the river, a portion of the logs resting on the bottom. Finally, a forest of trees had been cut from the banks and floated down upon the piles, making an apparently im
S. Ledyard Phelps (search for this): chapter 43
in himself. It was pleasant to see the United States flag floating over a work which had been built with so much trouble and expense to the Confederates, and the Navy regretted that it could not take a more important part in the affair. Their operations at Fort De Russy showed the fortitude of the Federal soldiers; and, if the rest of Banks' men were of the same material, there was no reason why the army should not reach Shreveport in triumph. An order had been sent to Lieutenant-Commander S. L. Phelps to push on with the fastest and lightest-draft gun-boats to Alexandria. as soon as the army should reach the fort, in order to seize any steamers that might be lying there with steam down. Owing to obstructions in the river, the dispatch-boat carrying the message was delayed five hours, and Phelps reached Alexandria just thirty minutes too late, the swiftest of the naval vessels arriving just in time to see six steamers escaping up the Falls. One of them, the Countess, havin
Duff Green (search for this): chapter 43
eet and troops at Alexandria. up the falls. the abominable cotton traffic. General A. J. Smith's ragged guerillas. bridge of cotton. advance on Shreveport. Banks meets a reverse near Pleasant Hill. battle at Sabine cross Roads. Confederates make good use of Banks' cannon and Army wagons. battle at Pleasant Hill. Banks victorious, but orders a retreat to Grand Ecore. retreat of the fleet impeded. engagement between the Osage and Lexington and 2,500 Confederates under General Green. reports of Lieutenant Commander Selfridge and General Kilby Smith. the Army and Navy at Grand Ecore. minor engagements. battle at Cane River. the Eastport blown up. the attack on the little Cricket. fearful scene of carnage. the Juliet disabled. batteries engaged along the River. dissatisfaction of the Army. the squadron in a bad position. No official account detailing the particulars of this unfortunate expedition was forwarded by General Banks until long after the exped
James A. Greer (search for this): chapter 43
with instructions to remove the obstructions, but not to attack Fort De Russy until the flagship's arrival, or until General Smith's troops came in sight. The enemy had at this place some 5,000 men, and the only chance of capturing them was by a combined movement of the Army and Navy. At about noon, on the 12th of March, the Federal forces arrived at Simmsport, and found the enemy posted in force some three miles back of that place. The commanding officer of the Benton, Lieutenant-Commander James A. Greer, was ordered to land his crew and drive in the enemy's pickets; and, General Smith's transports coming up, the troops landed and took possession of the Confederate camp, the enemy retreating towards Fort De Russy. That night General Smith concluded to follow the enemy by land, while the Admiral agreed to proceed up the Red River, with all the gun-boats and transports, and meet the Army at Fort De Russy. In the meantime, the gun-boats that had been sent on in advance had
N. B. Harrison (search for this): chapter 43
le artillery. Altogether he may have had collected about 5,000 men to dispute the passage of the vessels down the river. An active Confederate officer, named Harrison, had crossed the river in the rear of the fleet with 1,900 mounted men and four or five pieces of artillery, with orders to plant his batteries in the most favorreaching Conchatta Chute, and sending a few 11-inch shrapnel in their direction, they gave no more trouble for the time being; but it was considered certain that Harrison must plant his batteries three miles below Pleasant Hill Landing, which proved to be the case. To this latter point the Admiral dispatched one of the heaviests, mounting some ten guns, under Lieutenant-Commander Watson Smith, with orders to prevent the erection of any batteries until all the transports had passed; but Harrison, who could go across, while the gun-boats had to follow the long bends of the river, arrived first, and posted his guns on a high bluff in a dense undergrowth, w
by General Ransom, and in a place in which they should never have been put. The infantry on the right of the road were placed in a narrow belt of timber, dividing two large plantations, with open ground in front and cultivated fields in the rear. Nims' Battery was posted on a hill near the road, two hundred yards to the left of the belt of timber, and was supported by the 23d Wisconsin infantry. The 67th Indiana supported the battery on the right, together with the 77th and 130th Illinois, 48touse occupied as Banks' headquarters, where they opened on the enemy, who had shown himself in strong force on the left flank, which it was evidently his purpose to turn — a purpose soon afterward accomplished after the infantry were driven in and Nims' battery captured. This may be said to have been the turning-point of the battle, which was nearly lost to the Federals. The infantry, generally, behaved with great gallantry. The Chicago and 1st Indiana Batteries went promptly into action, b
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