The anniversary of the remarkable Confederate Victory at Sabine Pass,
Sept 8 1863, is coming up.
The practice of having marked artillery ranges had paid off. It should
be noted that no Union Ironclads made the trip; perhaps still limping
from activities on the east coast?
IIRC there was some distraction for the Ironclads, anyway, if it was
Speaking of Banks, the above does not mention it, but I believe I have
it right that this attempt to take the area was a preamble to a Banks
lead invasion of Texas via this route, and I do believe it is true
that Banks was agitating for this campaign. I'll try to look that up,
or perhaps someone will know.