Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara: Capturing the Mississippi

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In the spring of 1865, George Stoneman's cavalry division departed Salisbury, North Carolina with one objective in mind - returning home. However, after the collapse of the Confederacy, the mounted division was ordered to apprehend the exiled Confederate president Jefferson Davis, even if it meant "following him to the ends of the earth." By May, the Raid transformed into an uphill struggle of frustration, pillage, revenge, terror, and wavering loyalty to the flag as the troopers crashed down upon the civilian ...

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Overview

In the spring of 1865, George Stoneman's cavalry division departed Salisbury, North Carolina with one objective in mind - returning home. However, after the collapse of the Confederacy, the mounted division was ordered to apprehend the exiled Confederate president Jefferson Davis, even if it meant "following him to the ends of the earth." By May, the Raid transformed into an uphill struggle of frustration, pillage, revenge, terror, and wavering loyalty to the flag as the troopers crashed down upon the civilian populations that lay in their path with demonical ferocity. Taking into account local folk-lore and traditions that revolve around the Raid, historian Beau Blackwell follows the column's course as it sacks the city of Asheville, canvases the Palmetto State, plunders Greenville, terrorizes Anderson, and ultimately tramples the soil of Georgia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609493516
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/11/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 961,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 39

Introduction 11

1 Louisiana Secedes 15

2 The Union Plan for the Mississippi River 19

3 The Union Blockade 26

4 The Battle of Head of Passes 29

5 Forts Jackson and St. Philip 32

6 The Fall of New Orleans and the Scuttling of the USS Barataria 36

7 Baton Rouge's First Brush with Blue and Troops on the Move 41

8 Skirmish on the Amite River and First Battle of Donaldsonville 46

9 The Rebels Plan to Take Back Baton Rouge and the Federals Dig in Their Heels 49

10 Breckinridge's March 56

11 The Confederates Open the Ball in Baton Rouge 59

12 The Fall of the CSS Arkansas 62

13 Bayou Sara 65

14 The USS Essex Arrives at Port Hudson 70

15 The Battle of Labadieville 72

16 A Union Soldier's Masonic Burial in Bayou Sara 76

17 Siege of Port Hudson 79

18 The Battle of Plains Store 84

19 The Battle at Jackson Crossroads 94

20 The Second Battle of Donaldsonville 97

21 The Skirmish at Springfield Landing 102

22 The Confederate Surrender of Port Hudson 105

23 The Battle of Kock's Plantation 109

24 The Corps D'Afrique and the Battle at Centenary College 111

25 Spring 1863 114

26 The Yankees Go West 117

Conclusion 119

Bibliography 121

Index 125

About the Author 127

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    The wars grounf

    There are corpes of dead cats all around...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    RougeClan's Warriors den

    In another hole, anoter den sits. It is larger then the Medicine cat's den. It hs lots of nests. For the warriors sleep here. A pool of water lets them drink when they're thirsty.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Great Local Read.

    Great starter book for the novice historian. Lots of local facts! Very fun to read and identify with local landmarks. Really enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Good read

    Not a usual historical reader but found this to be very informative and interesting. Historical buffs will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    amazing!

    amazing book. very easy read. intresting and fact filled but not boring.

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