Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nov. MCCWRT Meeting-- Part 6: The Red River Campaign Union Wins Battle of Pleasant Hill, Porter Continues Up the River

On April 5, 1864, the Battle of Pleasant Hill was fought.  It was not really a hill, but more of a small rise.  The Union forces won this battle even though they had possibly one of the sorriest defensive positions ever during the war.

Even with the win, Banks did not go on the offensive.

In the meantime, Union Admiral Porter was continuing up the Red River, despite the low water level.  He was still expecting to rendezvous with Banks upriver.  The Confederates had sunk the steamer New Falls City across the channel to impede his progress.Near Shreveport, the Confederates had also blown up a dam and further diverted some 75% of the Red River's flow into a nearby bayou.

--Old Secesh

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