ed to be in co-operation with the principal movement under General Emory by Bayou Plaquemine and the Atchafalaya to the Red river country.
Banks, thus early, was aiming to perfect his knowledge of the narrow and crooked water system of lower Louisin was estimated by the Federals at about 400 men, with four pieces of artillery.
Banks, in his effort to make easy his Red river route by the bayou, had hoped from Weitzel's zeal to hear of the prompt capture of Butte-à--la-Rose.
The high water, he order, to proceed by water to Donaldsonville and thence to Thibodeaux.
Behind an open Atchafalaya, he could see the Red river country free to his troops.
These two expeditions, therefore, were an advance in force of a powerful army.
Dick Tayloows during March, 1863.
Every expedition sent out by him was, directly or indirectly, connected with the expedition up Red river.
Weitzel had previously been despatched to move up the Teche, and having heard of the arrival of the Confederate vesse