to disperse soon after passing Franklin.
We captured many prisoners on the march.
Their gun-boats came down the Atchafalaya too late to dispute Grover's landing, were defeated by our flotilla, under Lieutenant-Commander A. P. Cooke, and the Queen of the West was destroyed.
On the 20th Butte-à--la-Rose, with sixty men and two heavy guns, surrendered to Cooke, and the same day Banks occupied Opelousas.
Here he received his first communication from General Grant, dated before Vicksburg, March 23d, and sent through Admiral Farragut.
This opened a correspondence, the practical effect of which was to cause General Banks to conform his movements to the expectation that General Grant would send an army corps to Bayou Sara to join in reducing Port Hudson.
Banks moved on to Alexandria, on the Red River, to push Taylor farther out of the way. Taylor retired toward Shreveport.
On the 14th of May the
The baggage train of General Augur's division crossing Bayou Montecino on the march t