rleans, a surprise never long couchant in his mind—was unwillingly deferred under advice of Gen. Kirby Smith.
Returning to the Atchafalaya country, Taylor resolved to fight the enemy on his first advance—a resolve brilliantly put in execution on the Lafourche, as narrated in the previous chapter.
Taylor himself was absolutely without illusions.
He felt assured that if Banks meant to overrun Louisiana it was within his power to do so. He saw in the rise of the Mississippi, Red, and Atchafalaya rivers an added proof that he could send his gunboats and transports into the very heart of western Louisiana.
On his side, Kirby Smith, writing from Shreveport on July 12th, had ex-pressed his satisfaction with Taylor's operations up to that date.
Smith rather took the sugar-coating from his praise, adding that Taylor's only course was to proceed with his troops to Niblett's Bluff on the Sabine.
An admirable point was this bluff to threaten the enemy's communication with Texas; but in Tay
27, 1; 43, 7; 74, 1; 81, 4; 85, 1; 100, 1; 136, F6; 137, A6
117, 1; 148, C6
Ash Creek, Kans.
Ashepoo River, S. C.
91, 4; 117, 1; 120, 2; 139, H2; 143, H11; 144, E12
Defenses, Nov. 4, 1863
Asheville, N. C.
76, 2; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, E7; 171
24, 3; 117, 1; 135-A; 149, B4
20, 1; 22, 1; 74, 1; 81, 3, 81, 6; 92, 1
Ashley's Mills, Ark.
Atchafalaya River, La.
23, 8; 52, 1; 135-A; 156, F6
119, 1; 135-A; 161, B8
24, 3; 61, 9; 76, 1; 115, 7; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, D6
135-A; 141, E2; 150, A12; 151, G13
135-A; 140, E6
24, 3; 76, 2; 97, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, F1; 149, B12; 171
Atkins' Mill, Tenn.
12, 5; 14, 2, 14, 3
47, 5; 51, 2; 56, 2, 56, 7, 56, 8; 57, 1, 57, 3; 58, 2; 59, 7; 6
, throughout its entire extent, is higher near the banks of the river, and falls off gradually till it reaches the line of the bluffs; the drainage is, therefore, necessarily towards the hills, and is the source of the intricate network of bayous
The streams that everywhere intersect these alluvial regions are called bayous—a corruption of the French word boyau—a gut or channel. for which the basin is remarkable.
The Coldwater, the Tallahatchie, the Yazoo, the Washita, the Red, and Atchafalaya rivers, besides numerous other and smaller streams, are accordingly nothing more than huge side drains.
During freshets, the water that breaks over the Mississippi banks, or through the crevasses, flows through cypress-swamps, and a labyrinth of bayous, till it reaches the bluffs, and is again forced back into the parent stream.
Besides the bayous, crescent-shaped lakes, the sole remains of the ancient meanderings of the river, abound on both sides, often at considerable distances from t
P. A. C. S.
quarters, Faries's Battery, P. L. A., First Brigade Infantry, (Mouton's Brigade), Forces South of Red River, Bisland Plantation, Bayou Teche, La., November 10th, 1862. Capt. R. C. Bond, Chief of Artillery.
Sir,—I have the honor to report that on the afternoon of the 3d November, instant, the right sof Capt. O. J. Semmes's battery, consisting of two James Rifles (bronze twelve-pounders), under First Lieut. J. A. A. West.
Both sections then fell back to the Bayou Teche road, in the rear of and above their first position, where after firing ten to fifteen minutes, retired in good order and returned to this camp.
The nature olothouse of the steamer W. S. Pike, a Bayou Sara packet, some thirteen years after the events referred to.
The United States gunboat Diana was captured in Bayou Teche, La., March 28, 1863.
(Federal army correspondent's account.) fight near Brashear City.
The New Orleans Delta of November 6th, 1862, contains the foll