hitoches, or Shreveport, and the occupation of Northern Texas.
This line was recommended as superior, for military operations, to the occupation of Galveston or Indianola; but the final selection was left to my judgmant.
The difficulties attending a movement in the direction of Shreveport — a route which had been thoroughly expmy in Texas.
The command of General Magruder had been withdrawn from different parts of the state, and concentrated on the coast between Houston, Galveston, and Indianola, in consequence of our movement against the works at Sabine Pass, the occupation of the Rio Grande, and the capture of the works constructed for the defence of Ared the entire strength of the rebel forces, then greatly superior in numbers to ours.
Preparations were made for more extended operations on the main land from Indianola, at Matagorda Bay, or on the peninsula connecting with the main land at Brazos River, and notice given to the war department of the plan of operations, with a re