Western troops in this Dep from their first enterence here after the fall of Vicks-
burgh. —never have we been permited to meet the enemy in any thing like a fair
fight we must fight them By detail one Bergade at a time in the last fight on
Red River our Lees Cavelry was cut to peceis Gen Banks sends one Bergade
forward to reinforce them they to are repulsed then comes another order for
another Bergade & they meet the same fate & then a Division all of the 13 army
Core and they hold the Enemy in check for 4 hours, & they to are compelled to
fall Back in the cover of Night to where the 19 Army Core are reclineing at Ease
and then the shatered Rank of the 13th must form in front of the 19th and meet
the advanceing foe and Just in time to gain the credit of the fight the 19 is called
into action where if the two fire of the 13 had been permited to have engaged the
Enemy at one time though inferior in No the result must have been Difrent. and
now after three most shameful Blunders of Gen Banks to wit sabane Pass, Carion
Crow Buyou & Pleasant Hill are we yet to be Compelled to serve under such a
man one in whom we have all Lost confidence (if ever there was any) & one
whom two thirds of the 13th army Core would shoot down sooner than the Reb
Gen Taylor or Muton for the sake of our Cause & the sake of the repotation that
we have won for our selves while under you do not Let us be thus Murdered &
Robed of our Just rights we know no mutany or Rebelion or there would be
such a clash of arms as the world never knew give us Hooker or Gives Rosen-
cranze or give us any Body in Preferance to Gen Banks. Give us the Gallant War-
ren of Iowa or or McClenard of your native state but do for the Love that we
know you Bare your old soldiers of Vicksburgh fame give us sombody with
capasity to comand a Reg at Least. O we will ever Pray & fight" AL, USG 3.
On April 23, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman sent USG a copy of a letter of
April 14 from Rear Admiral David D. Porter to Sherman strongly critical of the
Red River campaign. Copy, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiv, part
On May 2, "a Private" of the 13th Army Corps, Alexandria, La., wrote at
length to USG criticizing Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks. AL, DNA, RG 108,
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Hd Qrs Culpeper
8 30 P M Apl 25. 1864
MAJ. GEN HALLECK,
CHF OF STAFF,
I would send orders to Gen Steele to return to Little Rock—
to Gen Banks to return himself immediately to New Orleans and
make preparations to carry out his previous instructions the moment his troops returned; to place the senior officer under himself
in command of the troops in the field, with instructions to see the
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 352.
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