orders to the people under his authority, or finding subjects therefor, he spent the rest largely planning small campaigns, worth only a bragging report from himself or his agent.
At ease in his office in New Orleans, he sent forth regiments to support his plans, howsoever insignificant they might be. He was careful, where he could be so, to see that with the troops there should always be a gunboat or two to keep them company.
He had begun by pinning his fate to the fleet; but it was to the fleet commanded by Farragut
, which he had seen from a gunboat victoriously passing the fire of the forts.
's fleet he continued to believe until Banks
superseded him on the 8th of November, 1862.
It is useless to follow his troops in their marauding expeditions which penetrated into the interior of the State
within easy distance of New Orleans.
The history of the war in Louisiana
is full of skirmishes, the occasional result of such expeditions.
Some have already been mentioned.
Arrayed against him, Weitzel
heard that in the Lafourche district Brig.
—Gen. Alfred Mouton
, an able soldier, would be pitted.
On October 24th the Federal
general left Carrollton
with his command.
With him moved the inevitable parade of gunboats.
Going up the river he entered Donaldsonville
without opposition on the 25th.
A reconnoissance drove in our pickets, and reported the Confederates
in force on both sides of the Lafourche.
He purposed to start the next day with his train and caissons, with Thibodeaux
as his objective point.
, he marched on the left bank until he was near Napoleonville
, where he bivouacked in line of battle.
With a view to preventing the Confederates
from making use of their flatboat ferries, he summarily took in tow a flatboat bridge, meanwhile destroying every boat he passed.
He continued deliberately his march down the Lafourche to within ten miles above Labadieville
There he heard that the Confederates
were in force about one