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Grand Ecore (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
nto the hands of the Navy a few miles below Grand Ecore. Up to this time the opinion seemed geneagain on the same vessel from Alexandria to Grand Ecore, and did not leave the latter place until Fs to the divisional commander to retreat to Grand Ecore. It would be impossible to describe the diield at the time Banks started to return to Grand Ecore. The Confederate army was scattered in allg still continued, and was heard plainly at Grand Ecore, every one wondering why no movement was maortunately, all were brought safely back to Grand Ecore, though not without loss in men. Three mt draft, passed the shoals and pushed on to Grand Ecore. Only then were cavalry and infantry sent the hands of the enemy. On his return to Grand Ecore he found the army quite excited at the newsansports; but he never advised him to leave Grand Ecore. General A. J. Smith's division was advaumber of negroes on board who had fled from Grand Ecore, but they were all killed, many of them sho[34 more...]
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
ississippi, the Ohio, and their tributaries; for, supposing that the Army would send a large force into the interior of Louisiana, Admiral Porter determined there should be no want of floating batteries for the troops to fall back on in case of disare Colonel Shaw luxuriated with his brigade on the plantation of ex-Governor Moore, the prime mover in the secession of Louisiana, who now had ample opportunity Of seeing for himself how the secession matter worked. It was a just retribution, for, erwise she would have been condemned. We mention these things to give some idea of the rush for the cotton region of Louisiana, and the demoralization likely to ensue had every speculator been allowed to go where he pleased under permits, or in aed in that region; whereas, the Federals should have gained a victory that would have enabled them to hold that part of Louisiana until the end of the war, and to plant the Union flag in Texas--the latter a cherished object of the Government. The
Natchez (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
er; but on careful inquiry it was found that the water was unusually low for the season of the year, and therefore the expediency of a movement was doubted. But, as General Sherman was anxious to undertake the expedition. and promised to be in Natchez in the latter part of February, 1864, Admiral Porter ordered the following vessels to be ready near the mouth of Red River to accompany the Army whenever the latter should commence its march: the Essex, Benton, Lafayette, Choctaw, Chillicothe. O determined there should be no want of floating batteries for the troops to fall back on in case of disaster. The Admiral had written to General Sherman that he did not think the time propitious for ascending Red River, and when he arrived in Natchez he found that Sherman had gone to New Orleans to see General Banks. The impression was that he went there to obtain Banks' co-operation in the great raid through the South, which Sherman afterwards so successfully accomplished without Banks' as
Princeton, Ark. (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
ommand 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 fall back. On the night of April 26th the army crossed the Washita and marched towards Little Rock, by way of Princeton and Jenkins' Ferry, on the Sabine. On the 27th, a pontoon bridge was thrown across the Sabine at the latter point, and the army reached Little Rock, and it was learned that General Fagan, with fourteen pieces of artillery and a large force of infantry, was moving up the river to attack Little Rock. The combined forces of Confederates, under Price, made the attack, and were repulsed with great slaughter, losing a large part of their artillery and munitions of war. Steele held on for a f
Fort De Russy (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
amp at Simmsport. attack and capture of Fort de Russy. arrival of the fleet and troops at Alexaepel the invaders. Some eight miles below Fort De Russy they commenced a series of works near the s so long that the enemy would escape from Fort De Russy, and destroy all their stores and munitionremove the obstructions, but not to attack Fort De Russy until the flagship's arrival, or until Genederate camp, the enemy retreating towards Fort De Russy. That night General Smith concluded to et proceeded up within a short distance of Fort De Russy, where the advance of General Smith had arpart in the affair. Their operations at Fort De Russy showed the fortitude of the Federal soldiee had captured, and a gun-boat was left at Fort De Russy to try some experiments with rifle-guns ony impeded the Federal advance, and then at Fort De Russy have offered a stubborn resistance to furtcorps, and was posted on a road leading to Fort De Russy, three miles outside of Alexandria, to kee[1 more...]
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
detailing the particulars of this unfortunate expedition was forwarded by General Banks until long after the expedition failed. A question has been standing for many years as to who originated it, and this has been settled by the highest authority. General Grant, in his Memoirs, says that the expedition originated with General Halleck, who urged General Banks, with all his authority, to undertake it. This is, without doubt, the origin of the affair. After the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, General Sherman proposed to Admiral Porter an expedition to Shreveport, La., via Red River; but on careful inquiry it was found that the water was unusually low for the season of the year, and therefore the expediency of a movement was doubted. But, as General Sherman was anxious to undertake the expedition. and promised to be in Natchez in the latter part of February, 1864, Admiral Porter ordered the following vessels to be ready near the mouth of Red River to accompany the Army whene
Ouachita (United States) (search for this): chapter 43
Camden on the 15th and found the place strongly fortified, so as to be impregnable against any force the enemy could bring to bear. Steele was now only a hundred miles from Shreveport, and could get all the supplies necessary by boats on the Washita River. In fact, he could have held on here until Banks reached Mansfield. But at Camden some captured Confederate dispatches gave the information of Banks' backward movement, which was soon confirmed by other intelligence. On the 18th, a foraged if Steele had marched to Columbia, La., through a much better country than the one he passed through. On arriving at Columbia, he would have been within eighty miles of General Banks, and could have been supplied with stores by way of the Washita River, where the gun-boats could have protected his transports and added to the strength of his artillery. The two armies could have been put in communication near Mansfield, one on each side of the Red River, and the Confederates would have ret
Harrison, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
a reinforcement of gun-boats to enfilade the whole bend, and ten thousand men would have stood no chance against their fire. The Admiral had landed above the Harrison Battery a short time before the attack from above commenced, and from the top of a tall tree was endeavoring to make out with his glass the position of the enemyo assert that the Navy owed its remarkable preservation, under Providence, to their own good management and perseverance. After assembling the fleet above the Harrison Battery, the Admiral strengthened the pass with additional gun-boats, and all the transports went safely by, not a shot having been fired at them. The gun-boats, the flag-ship took her in tow and she was safely delivered to her master and crew, so nothing was left behind for the enemy to exult over. After passing the Harrison Battery the fleet experienced little trouble beyond the constant fire of sharp-shooters along the river. The flotilla having learned a lesson from the fight at
South Fork Little Red River (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
rning 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 Thayer had not yet joined Steele, having been delayed by bad roads, for the heavy rains made terrible work for the army, causing the route to be almost impassable, so that it was necessary to corduroy it. Thayer at length arrived, and crossed the Little Red River on a bridge constructed by the soldiers. On the 10th of April the army moved to Prairie, where Price, the Confederate General, had determined to make a final stand at the point he had chosen; two branches diverge from the main road to Shreveport--one going to Washington, the other to Camden. Here some artillery f
Chicago (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
udley's brigade on the left, and Colonel Lucas' on the right, with skirmishers deployed in front of the infantry. The enemy attacked this position at 4 P. M. His first line was driven back in confusion, but, recovering, he again advanced; unable, however, to withstand the fire from the Federal troops, the Confederates laid down 200 yards in front and returned the fire; at the same time a force was pressing the Federal left flank and driving the mounted infantry back. The 1st Indiana and Chicago Mercantile Batteries had just arrived on the field, and General Ransom directed them to be placed near a house 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 infantr
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