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One of the most humiliating defeats in United States military history, the Red River Campaign narrowly missed turning the tide of the Civil War. The daring campaign began in April 1864, when the Union army invaded the Red River Valley in northern Louisiana, anticipating little resistance. Though Union forces outnumbered the Confederates nearly four to one, they found themselves running for their lives when Confederate General Richard Taylor launched a surprise attack near Mansfield. With Richard Taylor and the Red River Campaign, Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. has created an illustrated volume that chronicles the campaign in precise detail.
The book begins with an overview of the campaign, emphasizing the impact that it had on the outcome of the war. Successive sections cover Taylor’s strategy, the initial assault of the Union Army of the Gulf, the Confederates’ surprise retaliation attack, and the Southerners’ pursuit of the fleeing Yankees. The final chapter explores alternative strategies that may have led to a Confederate victory, along with the subsequent careers of major participants.
Richard Taylor and the Red River Campaign offers a lucid look at an unsung chapter in Civil War history.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co ( May 15, 2012 )
Item #: 13-590329
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.96inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)