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after the attack on Helena,
See page 148. the surrender of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, and the retreat of Johnston from Jackson,
See page 146. by which Grant'ss suddenly withdrew from Alexandria, on the Red River, and marched to invest Port Hudson — a service which required nearly all of his available troops--General Dick ers to allow him to capture it, or at least by his menace to draw Banks from Port Hudson, to defend it.
Banks's outposts were drawn into Brashear City, where therof the Mississippi at that time, for Banks's forces, released by the fall of Port Hudson, quickly expelled the Confederates from the region eastward of the Atchafalaelled to pass, and the facility with which troops might be brought down from Port Hudson.
Before the close of July, Taylor had evacuated Brashear City
July 22. (bucontinually annoying vessels at sharp turns in the river, in the vicinity of Port Hudson, and General Herron was sent to Morgansia to suppress these gangs of annoyer
ut one thousand prisoners. But the National loss by sickness was very heavy — not less, probably, than two thousand men. but eight steamers (one of them a powerful gun-boat, just receiving her iron plating) were in flames and beyond recovery when the National troops entered the city.
While Steele was engaged in his short campaign, Blunt was in the Indian country, trying to bring the forces of Cabell and the Creek chief, Standwatie,
See page 214. to battle.
He pressed them closely at Perryville, in the Choctaw Reservation, late in August, and then driving them past Fort Smith, he took peaceable possession of that post,
Sept. 1, 1868. and appointed Colonel J. M. Johnson, of the First Arkansas, its commander.
Cabell had avoided Blunt, in order to join and help Price in his defense of Little Rock.
He failed to do so, but joined the fugitives in their retreat to Arkadelphia, whence, with Price, he fell back to the Red River.
About a month after Blunt took possession of Fort Smith