and Lake Chicot
was a settlement on Bayou Plaquemine
, occupied by troops under command of General Emory
Calling in the aid of the gunboat Diana
, making a reconnoissance from Berwick
, it was found that all the routes from the village to Chicot were choked with drift for a distance of five miles. Not long did the gunboat Diana
breast the waters of the Atchafalaya
On March 28, 1863, Dick Taylor
was watching her somewhere from the bank near Berwick bay
He says: ‘I have the honor to report the capture of the Federal
at this point to-day.
She mounted five heavy guns.
Boat not severely injured, and will be immediately put in service.
's loss in killed, wounded and prisoners, 150.’
On January 28th there had been a cavalry skirmish with the Confederates
temporarily around Indian Village
These Confederates were driven from their hastily raised fortifications on the west bank of the Grosse Tete
The enemy, having thus occupied Indian Village
, attempted, through Weitzel
, unsuccessfully to utilize the water route to Lake Chicot
High water was over the land.
That flood which in the early spring brings overflow, as it swells robs the low banks of logs and trees, great and small, and so piles up drift.
Drift, rising higher and choking deeper, prevented Weitzel
's junction with Emory
on the Plaquemine.
Assuredly the Mississippi
, for once true to Louisiana
, was busy largessing the bayous in her favor.
-à--la-Rose was made a new objective under Banks
' plan of campaign.
was a fortified mound rising high at the junction of the Atchafalaya and Cow bayou
This post was advantageously situated for the Confederates
, being near the terminus of the road from St. Martinsville
Its garrison was estimated by the Federals
at about 400 men, with four pieces of artillery.
, in his effort to make easy his Red river
route by the bayou, had hoped from Weitzel
's zeal to hear of the