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iver were defended by strong works at Butte à la Rose, and on Bayou Teche by strong land fortifications near Pattersonville, called Fort Bisland, extending from Grand Lake on the right to impassable swamps on the left of the Teche Bayou.
Butte á la Rose was defended by the gunboats of the enemy, and a garrison of three hundred tog resistance at Vermilion Bayou, from which position they were quickly driven.
The gunboats, in the mean time, had encountered the steamer Queen of the west on Grand Lake, destroying her and capturing her officers and crew.
We reached Opelousas on the twentieth of April, the enemy retreating toward Alexandria in disorder, and rders had been sent to Brashear City to remove all stores, and hold the position, with the aid of the gunboats to the last.
But the enemy succeeded in crossing Grand Lake by means of rafts, and surprised and captured the garrison on the twenty-second of June, consisting of about three hundred men, two thirty pounder Parrott guns,