History 31st Regiment Illinois Volunteers Organized by John A. Logan

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Chapter IV

LEAVING Memphis in the beginning of March, 1863, the regiment embarked on steamers, proceeded down the river to Lake Providence, Louisiana. Here and about Young's Point and Miliken's Bend were collected an army of fifty thousand men, encamped on low, flat lands, subject to overflow, so that the camps had to be frequently removed to escape the rising floods. Heavy details were kept at work upon a canal intended to turn the channel of the river through Lake Providence and Bayou Tensas and the Red river, to afford a passage below for troops and gunboats. This had been a favorite scheme for sometime, but life in the swamps soon proved to be not only irksome, but dangerous and unhealthy also. Many men sickened and died. By the 5th of April the canal project had proved to be a failure and was afterwards abandoned. All around us every effort possible had been and was made by the navy and the army to secure a passage for the men and fleet so as to concentrate an attacking force at some point below Vicksburg on the east side of the river.

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