and advanced down the Lafourche.
had been waiting for them.
, he found him with an excellent plan of battle.
, gallant soul, much disturbed with qualms about Fort Butler, was in line with a force of 1,400 dismounted men, including a battery.
The enemy appeared
, remembering his dropped laurel, charged with irresistible fury, driving them into Donaldsonville
, capturing 200 prisoners, many small arms and two guns—one of which was the field gun lost by Faries
took care of all stores from Berwick
—not only these, but a large drove of cattle on the hoof.
Quartermaster and commissary thus satisfied, prudence called for racing the engines and carriages into the bay and throwing the heavy guns after them.
On July 20th Taylor
moved up the Teche
, leaving pickets opposite Berwick
Twenty-four hours afterward the enemy's scouts appeared.
had again become Belgium
Early in September, 1863, General Banks
sent an expedition against Sabine Pass, Tex.
, which proved to be a fiasco, the entire armada withdrawing, with a heavy loss in mules, from a Texas battery.
Determined to do something, Banks
transferred the troops of the expedition mainly to Berwick bay
Observing the concentration of forces there, Alfred Mouton
, commanding in southwest Louisiana
, surmised a march for Niblett's Bluff
. ‘Should they do this,’ he said, ‘I hope it will produce a disaster; at any rate, I can make them very unhappy.’
During this period General Taylor
kept a force of artillery and mounted men in the neighborhood of Morganza
, seriously interfering with the Federal
use of the Mississippi river
To put a stop to this, Dana
's division of the Thirteenth army corps, two brigades, was sent to Morganza
Two regiments were sent out ‘to feel the enemy,’ and were felt vigorously on the 29th at the Ford