In addition to his ceaseless desire to hold the country for its rich possibilities of profit—to hold it as fast as it could be occupied—Butler was anxious to give the loyal planters an opportunity to forward their sugar and cotton to New Orleans.
I can, he wrote, easily hold this portion of Louisiana, by far the richest.
For the rest, he was in his usual vein of over-confidence.
His plan was to push forward a column from Algiers, dispatching it along the Opelousas railroad to Thibodeaux and Brashear City.
He rejoiced to hear that the Teche country was being rapidly drained of her able-bodied whites by conscription.
He was not quite so pleased to hear that the Confederates could keep troops in the country, apart from its home people.
However, he was far advanced in organizing a strong expedition to move through western Louisiana for the purpose of dispersing the force assembled there under Gen. Richard Taylor.
He had already resolved upon placing the command under Wei