marched to Mansfield
In the cavalry arm, the Texans
were well represented by Debray
's and Buchel
Before these Price
had dispatched from his command in Arkansas
two brigades of Missouri
infantry, numbering together 4,400 muskets.
These marched to Keachi2
on the morning of April 6th, reporting to Taylor
from that point, where, under orders, they remained during that day. Banks
began his movement from Grand Ecore
to Pleasant Hill
on April 6th, with a force (estimated) of 25,000.
, to meet this large army, had on the field only 8,800 men. Though given with apparent precision, this ‘was a very full estimate.’
During the early part of his administration of affairs, civil and military, General Banks
had shown some substantial result in civic affairs.
Results as substantial might be expected from his feverish energy in the field.
Here, in New Orleans, his tarnished record against Stonewall Jackson
in the valley of Virginia
was not a pleasant reminder to himself.
In March, 1864, his plans for a triumphant movement ‘into the bowels of the land’ were revived.
His previous expedition had been attended by no practical success.
had been occupied for a short time, but Shreveport
still remained Confederate.
For the year 1864, operations began in North Louisiana
as early as March 1st.
On that day, Black river
was the medium, through an attack made by a small Federal fleet consisting of an ironclad, the Osage
, and five other boats (semi-gunboats).3
This fleet made its appearance at