Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863

Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863

by Donald S. Frazier
     
 

Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995). This award-winning book explains the motivations behind the Confederate campaign in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as the conduct of the offensive and the causes of its catastrophic failure. An informative and entertaining prequel to Fire in the

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Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995). This award-winning book explains the motivations behind the Confederate campaign in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as the conduct of the offensive and the causes of its catastrophic failure. An informative and entertaining prequel to Fire in the Cane Field.

Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863 (Buffalo Gap, Texas: State House Press, 2010). The next installment in the Louisiana Quadrille series is a detailed narrative of the Federal land and naval raid up Bayou Teche and the contest for the west bank of the Mississippi. One of the great untold stories of the sieges of Vicksburg and Part Hudson.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Fire in the Cane Field is one of those books that cannot be put down. The narrative of the recapture of Galveston is one of the most gripping descriptions of any Civil War action to be read. —David Dalton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933337364
Publisher:
State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,254,689
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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A little more than a year after secession, in April 1862, Confederate New Orleans lay dying. Billowing smoke rolled off of the Crescent City's levee and cross the dark waters of the Mississippi as tons of cotton, baled and stacked, smoldered at the riverfront. The smell and the smoke hung heavy in the humid air. Near the river alarmed citizens filled the boulevards as crews of workers - black and white - loaded wagons and any available conveyance with the luxuries of life and the tools of war. A reminder of their dashed hopes passed by, almost noiselessly, amid the bedlam: the hulk of the unfinished ironclad CSS Mississippi, abandoned and ablaze, drifted with the current. Once hailed as the sure defender of New Orleans, the ship served now as a mocking reminder of the boasts made by the Rebels of the Confederacy's largest and richest city.

Prominent citizen George Washington Cable, a southern soldier at the time, recalled the heartbreaking scene. " The alarm-bells told us the city was in danger and called every man to his mustering-point," he wrote. "The children poured out from the school-gates and ran crying to their homes, meeting their sobbing mothers at their thresholds." The entire town felt the doom upon it, as the soldier explained, "you have seen, perhaps, a family fleeing with lamentations and wringing of hands out of a burning house: multiply it by thousands upon thousands; that was New Orleans, though the houses were not burning."

Meet the Author

Donald S. Frazier is Professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is the award-winning author of five books on the Civil War, including Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest; Cottonclads! The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast; and Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas, Historic Abilene, The Texas You Expect, Abilene Landmarks, as well as general editor of The United States and Mexico at War.In addition to his teaching duties, Frazier has been very involved in a variety of heritage and cultural tourism projects, including consulting on the development of three museums, two research centers, a Mexican War battlefield, work on Civil War and frontier heritage trails in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana, and work on historical projects in Europe and Mexico. He is the writer and director for the video Our Home, Our Rights: Texas and Texans in the Civil War, a winner of the Mitchell Wilder Award for Excellence in Publications and Media Design from the Texas Association of Museums. Frazier has also been recognized for his work by the Texas Association for Convention and Visitors  Bureaus, the Independent Publishers, the Texas Historical Foundation, the Civil War Round Table of Dallas, the Philosophical Society of Texas, Booklist, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table, the American Association for State and Local History, the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the Louisiana Historical Association.Frazier lives in Abilene, Texas, with his wife Susan and his daughters, Kay and Sarah.

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