Henry O. Robertson
Dr. Henry O. Robertson, an associate professor of History at Louisiana College in Pineville, holds both the PhD and MA degrees in history from Louisiana State University. His BA degree is from Randolph-Macon College. He is the author of “In the Habit of Acting Together:” The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana, 1828-1840 and the newly released The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-May 1864.
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The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-May 1864
The Red River Campaign in the spring of 1864 was one of the most destructive of the Civil War. The agricultural wealth of the Red River Valley tempted Union General Nathaniel P. Banks to invade with 30,000 troops in an attempt to seize control of the river and confiscate as much cotton as possible from local plantations. After three months of chaos, during which the countryside was destroyed and many slaves freed themselves, Banks was defeated by a smaller Confederate force under General Richard Taylor. This book takes a fresh look at the fierce battles at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, the Union army’s escape from Monett’s Ferry and the burning of Alexandria, and explains the causes and consequences of the war in Central Louisiana.
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