ver bad roads, having to build many bridges across streams; while Banks, who had agreed to be at Alexandria on the 17th, only arrived on the 25th in a fast steamer — yet General Banks undertakes to say that Franklin received orders to march on the 7th, and delayed him that much.
He also said the gunboats delayed him at Alexandria, whereas the Louisville, Carondelet, Pittsburgh, Mound City, Osage, and Neosho, all heavy iron-clads, together with the Lexington, Cricket, Gazelle, Covington, Signalt decisive battle with the enemy.
The Admiral occupied four days in moving one hundred and four miles on what he calls a rising river, with good water, to the place appointed.
General T. Kilby Smith states that the fleet made twenty miles on the 7th,fifty-seven miles on the 8th, eighteen miles on the 9th, and nine miles on the 10th of April--total, one hundred and four miles. The failure of the fleet to move up the river with ordinary expedition, together with the fact that the gun-boats were