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th a part of Emory's division, under Colonel Ingraham, as a support.
So close was the pursuit, that Taylor could not get five transports, laden with commissary stores and ammunition at New Liberia, out of harm's way, and these, with an incomplete iron-clad gun-boat, were destroyed.
Emory came up with Taylor at Vermilion Bayou on the 17th.
The latter was driven after a sharp contest, burning the bridges behind him; and on the 20th Banks entered Opelousas in triumph, and sent cavalry to Washington, six miles farther on. During this retreat the Queen of the West, which, as we have seen, was captured in the Red River by the Confederates,
See page 589. and had come down the Atchafalaya to Lake Chestimachee, was assailed by the National gun-boats and destroyed, and her crew were made prisoners of war. And on the day when Banks entered Opelousas,
April 20, 1863. the gun-boats, under Lieutenant-commanding A. P. Cooke, captured Butte à la Rose, with its garrison of sixty men, two heavy