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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
ads carrying the Southern flag on the upper part of the river. Finally, on the 26th he succeeded, by hard work, in having the gunboat Eastport clear the obstacle; others, of a lighter burden, followed her easily, and on the 29th he had six vessels above the falls. If the waters should keep at the same level, he was sure to be able to proceed as far as Shreveport; but, unfortunately, they had ceased rising, and for two days had even slightly receded. A large vessel used as a hospital, the Woodford, had been destroyed in attempting to go through after the Eastport. The most powerful vessels of the fleet were brought to a standstill. The expeditionary corps was by this fact to become greatly reduced. In fact, it became necessary, on the one hand, to establish depots at Alexandria, and organize a transshipment service near the rapids for all the material brought as far as this town by the large transports; on the other hand, Banks was obliged to be deprived of three thousand men of E