Similar entertainments followed and were always given to crowded houses.
On February 7 Lieutenant Russell
received appointment as first lieutenant in the 6th Massachusetts Battery where he later received promotion to the rank of captain.
During the same month about seventy recruits arrived from Massachusetts
, so that drilling appears again as the order of the day. Nor was this time wasted, for it was evident that an army movement was soon to take place.
Early in March preparations were made for the Red River campaign
, the object of which was the capture of Shreveport
on the Red River
, the dispersion of the Confederates
in that region and ultimately the recovery of Texas
by the line of the Red River
There were serious objections to this route and certain precautionary measures were necessary if the end were to be accomplished, but these were not carried into execution.
As the battery was not brigaded we find it first in one division then another, wherever there was difficult service and danger to be encountered.
The general plan was that Banks
with all the forces at his command should march his troops over-land to Alexandria
, there to be joined by Gen. A. J. Smith
with a force of about 10,000 men, detached from Sherman
's army, who were to be transported up the river in company with Admiral Porter
At the same time it was expected that General Steele
would cooperate in the movement with a force of about 15,000 men. As General Banks
was obliged to be in New Orleans at this time the arrangements for his part of the movement were entrusted to General Franklin
's forces consisted of the entire 19th Army Corps and the 3d and 4th divisions of the 13th Army Corps, in command of General Ransom
, the whole force numbering some 16,000, all under Major General Franklin
The cavalry division of the 19th Army Corps was commanded