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The Daily Dispatch: May 13, 1864., [Electronic resource],
Red river cotton. (search)
Red river cotton. --The other day a Yankee dispatch read that Banks had captured forty thousand bales of cotton on the Red river. The truth about the amount captured is contained in the following extract from a letter written in New Orleans to the New York World: One of the most important civil officers of the Government residing here has recently received a letter from Alexandria, from a sufficiently high personage to be reliable, assuring him that all the cotton which may be expected from Red river has already been sent down, and as this is only one hundred and twenty bales the prospect is a poor one. As far as heard from, the torch has been put by the planters to every bale of cotton on the river above that point, which is chiefly attributed to the lawless conduct of the naval part of the expedition, which commenced the work by the indiscriminate destruction of all private property within its reach. The planters are finishing the work on their own account." The
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