The Red River Campaign

The Union's Final Attempt to Invade Texas

978-1-933337-60-9 Paperback
6 x 9. 224 pp. Sidebarsw 19;maps 20; b&w photos 20
Pub Date: 06/24/2014
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Albert Castel Award, One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864, 2004 American Studies Center Fellowship (LSU in Shreveport,) Integrating Geography with the American Studies Center program, 2003-2004. Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America A.M. Pate, Jr. Award, One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864, 2005. Campaign in 1864,” 2003. Aaron and Peggy Selber Writing Competition Prize, “The Justification of Shreveport as the Primary Target of the Red River Member of the St. Pius V Guild (Dominican Sisters of the Mary, Mother of the Eucharist) Beginning November 2011. Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation Grant for the Texas Avenue Community Association (Shreveport, LA) to perform a comprehensive historical study of Texas Avenue and adjoining Ledbetter Heights (Lead Researcher), $43,500. July 2011. Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservationist of the Year Award for 2010. BORSF Grant approved – September 2009 for 2009-2010 for $49,624.00. Equipment purchased – FLIR systems infrared camera and GSSI Profiler for subsurface field investigations. A.M. Pate Distinguished Service Award for Civil War History by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table, January 2009. Charles L. “Pie” Dufour Award, for Preservation and Scholarly Contributions in the field of History, New Orleans Civil War Roundtable, May 2008. Lifetime Achievement Award and Life Membership, Red River Civil War Roundtable, Alexandria, Louisiana, May 1, 2008. Mary Anne and Leonard Selber Professor of History, 2007- present. Book of the Month Club featured alternate, History Book Club Main Selection, Military Book featured alternate, Shiloh and Western Campaign of 1862, 2007. Douglas Southall Freeman Award nomination, MOS & B, Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864, 2007. Army Historical Foundation finalist, Distinguished Writing Award, Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864, 2007. Silver Spur Award nomination, Western Writers of America, Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864, 2007. 2006. Jefferson Davis Award nomination, Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864, Listed in the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England) 2000 Outstanding Academics of the 21st Century
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.

Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series

Published by State House Press