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A. J. Smith (search for this): chapter 43
rged that it would be very discourteous to General Smith to go forward without consulting him, and ot only to the Navy but to the corps of General A. J. Smith as well. When Smith joined the expedSmith joined the expedition he had just finished a long march through the interior of the Confederacy, and his men were waving delayed long at Alexandria, directed General Smith's command to advance to Bayou Rapides, whecavalry marched as it should have done, General A. J. Smith would have been at Pleasant Hill, only mith, may God bless you for it! No, sir, said Smith, sarcastically, my ragged guerillas did it. n carried out, would not give his consent, and Smith with the rest had to turn his back upon a retre command? So there the matter dropped. If Smith had been second in command, instead of Franklieople have attributed the right motives to General Smith in making this proposition to Franklin. Wl dissatisfaction from various causes. General A. J. Smith, from not being allowed to follow the C[78 more...]
C. Stewart Warren (search for this): chapter 43
six to ten thousand soldiers on board, and were accompanied by four gun-boats, this force being for the purpose of flanking him. This idea of the enemy stood the expedition in good stead, for, perhaps, had Taylor known there were only 1,800 effective soldiers, the transports would have been attacked sooner than they were. On the way up the river, the fleet had met with little opposition from the enemy, although parties of soldiers were frequently seen retreating. On one occasion, Colonel Warren's brigade landed at a point three miles above Conchatta Chute and captured a captain and one private. This captured officer had been charged to destroy all the cotton along the Red River as the Union forces advanced. On the return it was seen that this design had been carried out, for the charred remains of many thousand bales, worth millions of dollars, were scattered along the banks of the river, all of which the Confederates might have saved if they had possessed a little practica
McClernand (search for this): chapter 43
acify the General, and recommended perfect subordination, telling him that nothing would please General Banks better than to place him under arrest, notwithstanding all the services he had rendered. General Smith could not bear to rest under the stigma of defeat, although everybody knew that he and his brave division had never been beaten at any time during the expedition. General Banks had moved into comfortable headquarters, and the several army corps had encamped near the town. General McClernand had taken command of the 13th corps, and was posted on a road leading to Fort De Russy, three miles outside of Alexandria, to keep the Confederates from passing down that way. The Army was in a state of general dissatisfaction from various causes. General A. J. Smith, from not being allowed to follow the Confederates to Shreveport; Franklin and Emory were disgusted at the way the expedition had been mismanaged; while Banks, though somewhat subdued, tried to preserve his equanimity.
William H. Clarke (search for this): chapter 43
en miles in the rear, near Pleasant Hill, and, although they heard the roar of artillery, the first Smith's men knew of the disaster to the main army was from Colonel Clarke, who had ridden rapidly to inform them that the enemy had killed, wounded and captured over 2,000 Federal soldiers, had taken 150 wagons, all the stores, and es where they could be picked off by sharp-shooters ensconced in the thick woods. No wonder General Lee sent to Franklin for assistance, who answered through Colonel Clarke, of Banks' staff, that if he could not hold his position he must fall back upon the main body of the infantry. It would have been better, however, if Lee had back when he first encountered the enemy's advance, and sent the wagons to the rear, for a finer chance to have them captured could not have been offered. Colonel Clarke, finding that Franklin was indisposed to send any troops to support Lee, went to General Banks, who sent a verbal order to Franklin to send a brigade of infan
E. C. Cabell (search for this): chapter 43
rch on Shreveport in a few days. Notwithstanding this conversation, he commenced intrenching and fortifying his camp on the 16th inst. We must now turn to General Steele's movements. On the 1st of April, General Steele's army, which was intended to co-operate with Banks, was at Arkadelphia, waiting for General Thayer to join it. The same day, the army moved fourteen miles to Campte, and thence to Washington. Near the latter place it encountered the Confederate Generals, Marmaduke and Cabell, with a good-sized force, and, after considerable manoeuvring, Steele, while turning his army southward, was attacked in the rear by General Shelby near the crossing of the river. The enemy, although attacking with great bravery, were repulsed with heavy loss. On the 3d of April, Steele's entire command crossed the Little Red River at Elkins' Ferry — a movement so skillfully planned and so promptly executed that the enemy only by accident learned of it after it was accomplished. General
N. P. Banks (search for this): chapter 43
alls and were ready to ascend the river before Banks reached the rendezvous. The six days General ore which the Confederates would retreat; that Banks would seize all the cotton in the country, formy wagons, ostensibly to carry rations for General Banks' division, while A. J. Smith had hardly aned River, and at 10 o'clock a courier from General Banks came on board the flag-ship, and informed multitude of wagons. It was thought that, as Banks got further into the heart of the enemy's counoads for miles to get the trains along. Had Banks been satisfied to let the cavalry go in advancd the final result would have been different. Banks had probably never heard of the old rule, Choo a place of safety. After this repulse, General Banks fell back to Pleasant Hill with his whole affairs on Red River. When it was found that Banks would probably retreat to Alexandria, the Admipeared that A. J. Smith's ragged guerillas, as Banks had called them, were now to have the honor of[152 more...]
H. T. Mansfield (search for this): chapter 43
900 for 30,000 men, who could sleep out of doors all the time much more comfortably than in tents, no man can tell. Had Banks understood the art of war, he would have ordered his trains to be parked when he saw that a battle was imminent. It was not the intention of the enemy to bring on an engagement at the time it took place, but rather to draw the Federal troops as far into the interior as possible, and away from the gun-boats, into the marshes and bayous at Wallace's Lake, between Mansfield and Shreveport. In this difficult region the troops would have been entangled in swamps, and would have had to corduroy the roads for miles to get the trains along. Had Banks been satisfied to let the cavalry go in advance, clearing the roads of outposts, and reporting the presence of the enemy's main body when they encountered it, all might have turned out well; but it appears he never gave himself much concern about the management of the Army until it was defeated. He sailed up fr
Thomas Green (search for this): chapter 43
commanding officer of the Confederates, General Thomas Green, of Texas, who had served at San Jacintn-boats could easily be captured, and that General Green encouraged them so by his example that theor battle as before the action. Had not General Green's brigade been handled so severely, it was strong, under the immediate command of General Thos. Green, of Texas, with a 4 gun battery, formedld, leaving many of their dead, among them General Green, who had his head blown off. General K We left 700 of the enemy dead on the ground. Green was killed by a canister shot from a steel Rodrebel trans-Mississippi forces under their General Green, by the gun-boats Osage and Lexington of yd after, that the officer killed was their General Green. The rebel loss was reported at 700, whilh of so brave and enterprising a leader as General Green, who had displayed a heroism worthy of a bn the Cricket by 2,500 Confederates, under General Green. crashed through the vessel from concealed
James Thayer (search for this): chapter 43
the 1st of April, General Steele's army, which was intended to co-operate with Banks, was at Arkadelphia, waiting for General Thayer to join it. The same day, the army moved fourteen miles to Campte, and thence to Washington. Near the latter place iskillfully planned and so promptly executed that the enemy only by accident learned of it after it was accomplished. General Thayer had not yet joined Steele, having been delayed by bad roads, for the heavy rains made terrible work for the army, cautom, which had to be corduroyed for miles, and several bridges constructed. During all this time the rearguard under General Thayer was subjected to numerous attacks by the Confederate General Dockray, who was always repulsed. Fighting their way the army. General Steele was a soldier who knew his business, and he was supported by Generals Rice, Solomon, Carr, and Thayer, who inspired their men with their own martial spirit. They outwitted the Confederates as well as outfought them on ever
f the Hastings, the nearest boat. The Osage and Lexington gun-boats at that time were lying at the opposite bank, half-a-mile off. I ordered the Hastings to cast off, and just as we got underway the enemy's batteries opened upon us, the first shot falling a little short, and the others over us. Their practice being defective, we escaped without serious damage; and directly getting out of range, and taking a good position upon the opposite shore, I opened upon them with one section of Lieutenant Tiemeire's battery, one gun of which was mounted upon the hurricane-deck of the Emerald, the siege-guns upon the forecastle of the Rob Roy, and the howitzer from the hurricane-deck of the Black Hawk. (My guns had more range than the enemy's.) Very soon we killed the battery horses of the enemy, and they changed position rapidly, moving their guns up by hand. Meanwhile their sharp-shooters had deployed and sheltered themselves behind the timber that lined the banks of the river, pouring in an
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