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The Civil War in Louisiana: Military Activity
Military Activity

Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. (editor)
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BOOK SUMMARY
Military activity and Louisiana's role in the Civil War.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
The Bayou State inevitably became a target for Union land and naval military operations because of its strategic position at the mouth of the Mississippi River as well as the importance of New Orleans as a manufacturing, banking, and trade center. Though not generally thought of as a major battleground during the Civil War, Louisiana was the scene of four military campaigns and 566 military actions of varying size and significance. Thus Louisiana's military role played an integral part in the outcome of the war and had repercussions that extended well beyond the state line.

This volume demonstrates the Union's focus on dividing the Confederacy and securing land access by water. Many battles discussed herein detail encounters with Confederates determined to preserve their land and livelihood. Despite the importance of the 'Mighty Mississippi' in the Union campaign to quell the rebellion. Federal troops struggled to capture territory along Louisiana's many rivers, swamps and low-lying bayous. This volume offers not only an excellent sample of the state's military experience during the Civil War, but it also highlights the participation of both black Union and Confederate troops (including neighboring Texans), analyzes the career of General Richard Taylor, explores the consolidation of Union troops and the activities of Jayhawkers, and discusses the construction and use of Confederate earthwork fortifications. Moreover, this edition provides a glimpse of both sides of the battlefield and of life on the homefront for Louisiana's inhabitants who faced both violence and economic ruin.

This copy belongs on the bookshelf of any individual interested in Louisiana's Civil War military experience. This edition takes the reader beyond the Union occupation of New Orleans and the Battle of Baton Rouge and into the trenches, small towns, and backwater areas of Louisiana's bloody skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces.

Volume V, Part A of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History

BOOK EXCERPTS
CONTENTS

1861

The Seizure of the Forts and Public Property in Louisiana
by Edwin C. Bearss

The Fiasco at Head of Passes
by Edwin C. Bearss

1862

Gloom Envelops New Orleans, April 24 to May 2, 1862
by James 0. Lang

The Night the War Was Lost
by Charles L. Dufour

Mansfield Lovell's Quest for Justice: Another Look at the Fall of New Orleans.
by Daniel E. Sutherland

The Battle of Baton Rouge
by Edwin C. Bearss

The Civil War Comes to the Lafourche
by Edwin C. Bearss

The Lafourche District in 1861-1862: A Problem in Local Defense
by Barnes F. Lathrop

The Lafourche District in 1862: Militia and Partisan Rangers
by Barnes F. Lathrop

The Lafourche District in 1862: Confederate Revival
by Barnes F. Lathrop

The Lafourche District in 1862: Invasion.
by Barnes F. Lathrop

1863

"... there is no use in trying to dodge God Almighty": Farragut Runs the Port Hudson Batteries
by Lawrence L. Hewitt

Texans on the Teche: The Texas Brigade at the Battles ofBisland and Irish Bend,
April 12-14, 1863
by Donald S. Frazier

Reconnaissance in Tensas Parish, April 1863: Missouri Confederates in Louisiana
by Phillip Thomas Tucker

The Burning of Lake St. Joseph
by Jeffrey Alan Owens

The Trans-Mississippi Confederates Attempt to Relieve Vicksburg (Part I)
by Edwin C. Bears

The Trans-Mississippi Confederate Attempt to Relieve Vicksburg (Part II)

A Texas Cavalry Raid: Reaction to Black Soldiers and Contrabands
by Anne J. Bailey

In Relief of Port Hudson: Richard Taylor's 1863 Lafourche Offensive
by Stephen S. Michot

"The Battles of Texas will be Fougbht in Louisiana": The Assault of
Fort Butler, June 28, 1863
by Donald S. Frazier

Surprise at Brashear City: Sherod Hunter's Sugar Cooler Cavalry
by L. Boyd Finch

Surrender on the Bourbeux: Honorable Defeat or Incompetency Under Fire
by David C. Edmonds

1864

The Union Naval Expedition on the Red River, March 12-May 22, 1864
by Gary D. Joiner and Charles E. Vetter

The Battle of Blair's Landing
by Alwyn Barr

A Death at Mansfield: Col. James Hamilton Beard and the Consolidated Crescent Regiment
by Theodore P. Savas

A Colonel Gains His Wreath: Col. Henry Gray's Louisiana Brigade at Mansfield
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

Hamilton P. Bee in the Red River Campaign of 1864
by Fredericka Meiners

Chasing Banks out of Louisiana: Parsons' Texas Cavalry in the Red River Campaign
by Anne J. Bailey

Confederate Artillery in Western Louisiana, 1864
by Alwyn Barr

1865

Demobilization of Louisiana Confederate Forces, April-July 1865
by William W. White

MISCELLANEOUS

Louisiana: Six Hundred Engagements
by Buford Satcher

Fort Buhlow and Fort Randolph: Confederate Defenses on Red River
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr

Forts Randolph and Buhlow in the Civil War
by Thomas Howell

General Richard Taylor as a Military Commander
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

Negro Troops in Blue and Gray: The Louisiana Native Guards, 1861-1863
by Mary F. Berry

Mutiny at Camp Hubbard
by Claude M. Morgan

Ozeme Carriere and the St. Landry Jayhawkers, 1863-1865
by Carl A. Brasseaux

The Glory Days: E. T. King Recalls the Civil War Years
Edited and Annotated by Carl A. Brasseaux

Bushwacking and Barn Burning: Civil War Operations and the Florida Parishes' Tradition of Violence
by Samuel C. Hyde, Jr.

Civil War Military Operations in and Around Ponchatoula, Louisiana
by William E. Perrin, Jr.

Fort Beauregard, Louisiana: Confederate Strongpoint on the Ouachita
by Samuel W. Mitcham

The Louisiana State War Schooner Antonia: An Historical Foundling
by Charles E. Pearson

Against All Odds: Lt. Jonathan H. Carter, CSN, and His Ironclad
by Katherine Brash Jeter

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Center for Louisiana Studies

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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1887366504
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366502
Copyright: 2002
Dewey Decimal: 976
Library of Congress: 96-84494
Book Publisher: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
Language: ENG
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 762





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