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t all the routes from the village to Chicot were choked with drift for a distance of five miles. Not long did the gunboat Diana breast the waters of the Atchafalaya.
On March 28, 1863, Dick Taylor was watching her somewhere from the bank near Berwick bay.
He says: I have the honor to report the capture of the Federal gunboat Diana at this point to-day.
She mounted five heavy guns.
Boat not severely injured, and will be immediately put in service.
Emory's loss in killed, wounded and prisonead previously been despatched to move up the Teche, and having heard of the arrival of the Confederate vessels Queen of the West and Webb at Butte-à--la-Rose, he naturally wanted some gunboats for himself.
Without a superior force of these at Berwick bay he could not longer hold his position on the Atchafalaya.
On April 8th, Banks left New Orleans on a new expedition.
He reached Brashear City, where Weitzel's brigade was stationed, and immediately ordered Weitzel to cross the bay, followed
ed to be in co-operation with the principal movement under General Emory by Bayou Plaquemine and the Atchafalaya to the Red river country.
Banks, thus early, was aiming to perfect his knowledge of the narrow and crooked water system of lower Louisin was estimated by the Federals at about 400 men, with four pieces of artillery.
Banks, in his effort to make easy his Red river route by the bayou, had hoped from Weitzel's zeal to hear of the prompt capture of Butte-à--la-Rose.
The high water, he order, to proceed by water to Donaldsonville and thence to Thibodeaux.
Behind an open Atchafalaya, he could see the Red river country free to his troops.
These two expeditions, therefore, were an advance in force of a powerful army.
Dick Tayloows during March, 1863.
Every expedition sent out by him was, directly or indirectly, connected with the expedition up Red river.
Weitzel had previously been despatched to move up the Teche, and having heard of the arrival of the Confederate vesse