By Frank L Church; James Pickett Jones; Edward F Keuchel; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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A. J. Smith's troops were denied to Sherman as he invaded Georgia. Furthermore, Canby's projected campaign against Mobile had to be postponed for ten months because of the Red River Campaign. "How much the war was lengthened by this, of course, can only be surmised. " (67) The watchful Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War chaired by Ohio Senator Ben Wade, turned its attention to the campaign. Banks was questioned extensively as was Porter. The committee was interested in the role of cotton in the campaign, but said little about it in its final report.
His boat was 35 miles below. Tried my best to get a ring that he wore on his chain, but did not succeed. Mouth Red River, March 1 Went over the river this morning with the paymaster to buy provisions. Took a guard of six Marines with us. Went up the river about two miles to a plantation. Bought a beef and several dozen eggs. Everything was in dilapidated condition. The house was quite large and had some day been very comfortable. We found one white man living there and his only associates were Negroes.
When we reached the Atchafalaya(52) we left the main line of gun boats who were going up the Red. (53) We found the fort evacuated. (54) Atchafalaya River, March 13 The troops started this morning for the fort. (55) Our sailors went out and captured 200 bales of cotton. m. troops returned from the fort having found it evacuated. General Smith came along side in the transport Claire Belle(56) and serenaded the Admiral. We responded by burning fire works. Wrote several letters and went to bed quite early.