April 21, 1864: More bad news from the Red River

Edwin M. Stanton
Edwin Stanton


The extent of the blunder on the Red River is starting to become apparent, as Stanton and Grant learn that Sherman’s troops aren’t coming back anytime soon, and the low water has trapped the gunboats.

Official Records:

CAIRO, ILL., April 21, 1864 – 7 p. m.
(Received 11 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:

General Corse, who was sent by General Sherman to recall General A. J. Smith’s command from Red River, has returned. Our loss is 4,000 men, 16 guns, and over 200 wagons. Banks returned to Grand Ecore, badly injured. He refused to return Smith’s command. The naval force is caught in low water, with shoals above and below.

(Copy to General Grant.)

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