New-Orleans, April 19, 1863.
The boasted spot of Southern rural grandeur--The country of the Attakapas, The garden of Louisiana, The paradise of the South --is ours.
From Berwick City to Opelousas the victorious army of General Banks has advanced.
Three battles, three gunboats and three transports the enemy have lost in three days. Twice were they defeated by the main army of General Banks behind their intrenchments on the Beasland plantation, between Pattersonville and Centreville, as the straggling tire and final silence of their guns in the face of our batteries on Sunday and Monday fully proved, while Grover at the same time was reaching their rear, harassing, engaging and finally driving them before him with such rapidity that they were compelled to make a stand on Monday at Irish Bend, where a sharp and decisive battle was fought, in which the rebels were defeated and fled into the woods.
Three gunboats — the Diana, Hart, and Queen of the West--are no more.