March 10, 1864
---General Grant takes a train down to Brandy Station, Virginia, where Gen. Meade may be found. After a brief meeting, Grant informs Meade frankly that he does not want to replace Meade: that he wishes for Meade to continue as commander of the Army of the Potomac. Grant also decides that he will keep his headquarters in the East rather than in Nashville---and so he will accompany Meade in the field.
---Today, 2 divisions of Federal infantry---about 10,000 men---under command of A.J. Smith, leave Vicksburg on Porter’s transports and steam downriver towards the junction of the Red River with the Mississippi. Accompanying them are 13 ironclads and 7 gunboats. Another column of 17,000 men under Banks will be advancing up Bayou Teche towards Alexandria to meet Smith and Porter there.