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
Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863by Donald S. Frazier
Helen Dupuy, a French-speaking teenager living at the Sleepy Hollow Plantation on Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana, noted with horror the coming invaders. “ The first Yankee gunboats passed Donaldsville May 4 at 11 A.M.,” she wrote in her diary. Her home lay just a few miles from the Mississippi River, and word quickly arrived that Union sailors were… See more details below
Helen Dupuy, a French-speaking teenager living at the Sleepy Hollow Plantation on Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana, noted with horror the coming invaders. “ The first Yankee gunboats passed Donaldsville May 4 at 11 A.M.,” she wrote in her diary. Her home lay just a few miles from the Mississippi River, and word quickly arrived that Union sailors were confiscating sugar, cotton, and other contraband of war. The realities of her new situation soon became apparent—and ominous: “Then began the most awful pillaging.”
Award-winning author Donald S. Frazier returns to the field of Civil War history with keen turn of phrase and enthralling story-telling with the release of Fire in the Cane Field: The Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861–January 1863. Beginning with the spasms of secession in the Pelican State, Frazier weaves a stirring tale of bravado, reaction, and war as he describes the consequences of disunion for the hapless citizens of Louisiana. The army and navy campaigns he portrays weave a tale of the Federal Government’s determination to suppress the newborn Confederacy—and nearly succeeding—by putting ever-increasing pressure on its adherents from New Orleans to Galveston. The surprising triumph of Texas troops on their home soil in early 1863 proved to be a decisive reverse to Union ambitions and doomed the region to even bloodier destruction to come.
This bracing new work, ten years in the making, will usher in a chronological string of four books on the Civil War in Louisiana and Texas, as Frazier presents fresh sources on new topics in a series of captivating narratives.
Titles to follow in his innovative Louisiana quadrille include Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February–May 1863; Blood on the Bayou: The Campaigns of Tom Green’s Texans, June 1863–February 1864; and Death at the Landing: The Contest for the Red River and the Collapse of Confederate Louisiana, March 1864–June 1865.
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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."
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