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[477] hundred men, forty of whom were taken prisoners. The Federals had about two hundred men disabled, and did not push their success any further. The naval force, deprived of its commander did not renew the attempt to surmount the obstacle placed in the vicinity of the fort; the expedition returned to Brashear, and thence to Thibodeaux. We shall see this same Bayou Teche becoming the object of another and more important campaign a few months later. But we must now turn our attention in another direction.

We have shown how Grant's expedition in the interior of the State of Mississippi failed in consequence of the excessive length of his line of supplies, which was easily destroyed by the cavalry of Forrest and Van Dorn; how that of Sherman failed before the obstacles that lay on the borders of Chickasaw Bayou, and how the Federals had subsequently indemnified themselves for these two reverses by the capture of Fort Hindman. Finally, in concluding our review of the operations of which the regions adjoining the Mississippi were the theatre at the close of 1862, we have pointed out the small expeditions undertaken west of New Orleans. It remains for us now to relate the last effort that the Confederates, still cherishing the remembrance of the invasion of Kentucky, made to wrest from the Federals the State of Tennessee, and the sanguinary battle which closed the year 1862 on the heights of Murfreesborough.


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