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The Red River Campaign

During the spring of 1864, when the Union efforts to the win were geared from Tennessee to Georgia and along the Eastern Board and in Virginia, one lone campaign was conducted against these directions. It was an attempt to invade Texas by traversing Louisiana from New Orleans to Shreveport and from Little Rock, Arkansas to Shreveport. On paper, the plan seemed unstoppable. It consisted of over 42,500 soldiers and sailors and at least 108 warships. The confederates could mount no more than 12,500 men in opposition. Incredibly, this effort ended in utter defeat for the Union and saved Texas and the bulk of Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas from further raves to the end of the war. This book describes what went right and terribly wrong for both sides. It also describes the aftermath of the operation and why it is so important to the region's history.
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Gary D. Joiner is associate professor of history and interim chair in the Department of History and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, USA.

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