is not over-broad here.
Both of its steep banks were made use of in Weitzel
's coming fight.
had had his hands full with his new command of western Louisiana
With New Orleans near, and Brashear City
a still nearer Federal headquarters, the department seemed likely to impose a tax upon vigilance.
Gunboats could move up the Atchafalaya
and through it into the adjacent network of waters.
knew himself to be weak both in guns and men, but worse than weak in gunboats.
, who was a host in himself, were the Eighteenth Louisiana—his own regiment, and the Crescent
regiment of New Orleans.
Both of these organizations were veterans of Shiloh
The army of Tennessee had sent them to help their native State on the Lafourche.
As constituted, the Federal
strength on the Lafourche was nearly double that of the Confederates
They had 2,500 infantry, 250 cavalry, and two batteries of field artillery.
The Confederate cavalry, about the same number, was under the command of that gallant soldier, Col. W. G. Vincent
had with him only 600 infantry, with Semmes' field battery, to oppose the superior numbers of the enemy.
, who on the arrival of Weitzel
was in Donaldsonville
, had fallen back to the Raccourci (cut-off) in Assumption parish
had met him and learned the war news.
Hearing of the disparity of force, Mouton
had receded still more while waiting for reinforcements, previously ordered up from Berwick bay
and Bayou Boeuf
, where they had been stationed.
Reaching, in falling back, the Winn plantation
, two miles above Labadieville
, he found the Eighteenth and Crescent
regiments, with Ralston
's battery, just come in from the bay. With them came the Terrebonne militia.
On October 25th the enemy were marching both sides of the bayou.
To oppose the double advance, Mouton