Taylor and Banks engaged in small battles and Banks succeeded in clearing the Bayou Teche region of the rebels but the effort cost him over 500 casualties.
With the help of David Farragut's ships, Banks soon had Port Hudson surrounded. Vicious fighting went on for weeks. Farraguts ships pounded the confederates with cannon fire, while Banks men launched more attacks.
Despite their battlefield victories, the Confederates were starving to death. They were unable to to bring in supplies and their situation became desperate.
Where is the food, I'm starving!
Realizing it was pointless to fight any longer Gardener surrendered on July 9
At 48 days, the Port Hudson Campaign was the longest siege in American History. The Union had accomplished the first part of the Anaconda Plan.