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Alexandria (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
e correspondence: Mississippi Squadron, Flag-Ship Cricket, Off Alexandria, May 11th, 1864. Major-General N. P. Banks, Commanding Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, La.: General--Colonel Wilson called to see me this morning, and seemed to think the Navy were relaxing their exertions above. There is really nothing that can waters of Red River booming, and all the tributaries throwing in their supply at the same time, they could feel certain of a permanently full river. When full, Red River is easily navigable, and any expedition started by Sherman and Admiral Porter would have been as successful as the Arkansas Post expedition. Sherman was willingon, numbering 7,000 men, were upon the Atchafalaya and Red Rivers, from Opelousas to Fort De Russy; Mouton's division, between the Black and Washita rivers, from Red River to Monroe, numbering 6,000; while Price, with two heavy divisions of infantry, estimated at 5,000, and a large cavalry force, estimated at from 7,000 to 10,000,
Mobile, Ala. (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
. Smith's command to General Sherman, and that he should march upon Mobile with what forces he had. As Banks paid no attention to this command discipline, moved towards the coast apparently in the direction of Mobile. Yet at that time, when it was necessary to be on his guard againsbinations are good. I want to keep up the delusion of an attack on Mobile and the Alabama River, and therefore would be obliged to you if youm crossing the Mississippi from Texas, and occasionally threatening Mobile, until such time as Grant should direct him to march upon the lattehad the railroads open behind him, including the important one from Mobile to Montgomery, which, with a Union Army at Mobile, would have insurMobile, would have insured the pacification of Alabama and Mississippi, and would have prevented any attempt on the part of the Confederates to pursue Sherman's rear;fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, his whole aim was the capture of Mobile, which was of more importance to the Union than the capture of a do
Sabine Pass (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
Texas to hold permanently. With the aid of gun-boats 40,000 men could have been landed near Sabine Pass, and all that was worth anything in Texas would have been at the disposal of Federal forces. the Administration. General Banks himself seems originally to have favored an expedition to Sabine Pass, having some notion of the difficulties that would beset an expedition into Texas by any otheng likely to confuse Banks and compel him to alter his plans as often as Halleck did. Why the Sabine Pass expedition failed does not appear; but most of Banks' expeditions failed, and there is littany one. If Banks simply wanted to hold a strong point in Texas, he had the opportunity at Sabine Pass, which was the nearest point to his base of operations, and into which place he could from tivering the approaches to Galveston and Houston from the south, the defences of Galveston Bay, Sabine Pass, and Sabine River; Fort De Russy, a formidable work, located three miles from Marksville, for
Lake Providence, La. (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
Mouth of Red River, May 16, 1864. Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the vessels lately caught by low water above the Falls at Alexandria have been released from their unpleasant position. The water had fallen so low that I had no hope or expectation of getting the vessels out this season, and as the army had made arrangements to evacuate the country, I saw nothing before me but the destruction of the best part of the Mississippi squadron. There seems to have been an especial Providence looking out for us in providing a man equal to the emergency. Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey, acting engineer of the 19th army corps, proposed a plan of building a series of dams across the rocks at the Falls, and raising the water high enough to let the vessels pass over. This proposition looked like madness, and the best engineers ridiculed it; but Colonel Bailey was so sanguine of success that I requested General Banks to have it done, and he entered heartily into the work. Provisions wer
Cane (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
m, in their evidence before the Committee on the Conduct of the War. We insert one letter from General Kilby Smith which corroborates everything that has been said in regard to Banks leaving the Eastport at the mercy of the enemy: Headquarters Division 17Th Army Corps, Cotile, April 25th, 1864. Admiral: Arrived at this pointlast night. General Banks and army are on the march to Alexandria. We brought up the rear and skirmished all the way. General Banks fought at the crossing of Cane River; not much loss on either side. [Note--General Banks speaks of this as most desperate fighting.] Our fight in the rear was sharp. General A. J. Smith's command is ordered peremptorily to Alexandria; troops are now on the march. You will find the enemy some 2,000 strong on the opposite side. Their artillery does not amount to much; what they have we have crippled. [Note — The General was mistaken about the crippling.] Will communicate more fully from Alexandria by the gun-boats Osage an
Chicago (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
plain, Wm. H. Stewart; Acting-Master, Benj. Sebastian; Acting-Ensigns, L. Gardner and D. W. Sainter; Acting-Master's-Mates, W. H. Gray and A. E. McLean; Engineers: Acting-First-Assistant, G. W. Fulton; Acting-Second-Assistant, Jeremiah Wetzell. Receiving-ship Grampus. Acting-Master, Elizah Sells; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, M. W. Reber, Acting-Ensign, C. W. Lithurbury; Acting-Master's Mates, J. L. Williams, C. F. Clarkson and J. C. Wittsee. Inspection-ship Abraham. Paymaster, A. E. Watson; Acting-Ensign, Wm. Wagner; Acting-First-Assistant Engineer, Enos Hoshier. Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Surgeons, Wi. Grier and H. F. McSherry; Acting-Assistant Surgeons, Henry Beauchamp, J. B. Parker and Abner Thorpe. Recruiting rendezvous, Chicago. Acting-Master, J. D. Harty; Acting-Master's Mate, Wm. A. Daniels; Surgeon, Samuel J. Jones. Recruiting rendezvous, Cincinnati. Acting-Master, A. S. Bowen; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, Geo. E. Jones; Assistant-Paymaster, Wm. H. Sells.
Shreveport (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
ject of the expedition, viz., the capture of Shreveport, all this cotton was thrown overboard. Inrders. He did not move from Alexandria upon Shreveport until the 29th of March, and there was not t became more apparent in the advance towards Shreveport in the matter of assigning proper positions me and Steele to co-operate with you against Shreveport, and I will have his answer in time, for youity on the other in case of failure to reach Shreveport. On March 5, 1864, Halleck wrote to Banks: irected to facilitate your operations toward Shreveport. Halleck was always, it would seem, harprate in the movement of Banks and Sherman on Shreveport, unless General Grant orders differently, I Vicksburg, had discussed this plan of taking Shreveport by a sudden movement; but they did not inten as the point of time when the occupation of Shreveport might be anticipated. Not one of these sugge, continued his retreat in the direction of Shreveport. Officers of my staff were at Alexandria on[11 more...]
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
Arkansas Post expedition. Sherman was willing to listen to the Admiral, and the latter always gave that attention to Sherman's opinion which was due to his experience. It will strike any one at all conversant with military matters how absurdly the war at this time was conducted from Washington. Here was Grant, just successful in one of the most difficult sieges of modern times, with a great prestige, and supposed to command all the troops in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio, yet it does not appear that his opinion in regard to the Red River expedition was ever asked. Grant had about that time gone to Chattanooga on a tour of inspection, and thought the Red River expedition of so little importance that he directed General Banks to send back A. J. Smith's command to Sherman after the 5th of May. General Grant was opposed to making any great effort to carry on the war west of the Mississippi, where it would take a large army and
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 44
to the work. Provisions were short and forage was almost out, and the dam was promised to be finished in ten days, or the army would have to leave us. I was doubtful about the time, but had no doubt about the ultimate success, if time would only permit. General Banks placed at the disposal of Colonel Bailey all the force he required, consisting of some three thousand men and two or three hundred wagons. All the neighboring steam-mills were torn down for material, two or three regiments of Maine men were set to work felling trees, and on the second day after my arrival in Alexandria from Grand Ecore the work had fairly begun. Trees were falling with great rapidity; teams were moving in all directions, bringing in brick and stone; quarries were opened; flatboats were built to bring stone down from above; and every man seemed to be working with a vigor I have seldom seen equalled, while perhaps not one in fifty believed in the success of the undertaking. These Falls are about a mi
Ouachita (United States) (search for this): chapter 44
of the cotton in the trans-Mississippi States, hoping to get it to a market some time or other. The Admiral also ordered three thousand bales, seized up the Washita River, which was not considered within the limits of this expedition. Nearly five hundred bales of the first lot picked up near Alexandria was returned to the ownerit. No method of getting the cotton out of the country was indicated; and as the Navy succeeded in turning over to the Government 6,000 bales from the Red and Washita Rivers. their plan worked better than did that of General Banks. All the inhabitants of the country cared for was to get their cotton out, trusting to the futures; Walker's division, numbering 7,000 men, were upon the Atchafalaya and Red Rivers, from Opelousas to Fort De Russy; Mouton's division, between the Black and Washita rivers, from Red River to Monroe, numbering 6,000; while Price, with two heavy divisions of infantry, estimated at 5,000, and a large cavalry force, estimated at fro
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