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Near Lake End in Red River Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

C.S.A. Brigadier General Tom Green

C.S.A. BRIGADIER GENERAL TOM GREEN Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Texmexfla, April 12, 2008
Inscription. April 12, 1864, C.S.A. Brig. Gen. Tom Green was killed near here leading his Texas cavalry in a duel against the Union monitor Osage, gunboat Lexington, and the transport Black Hawk at the Battle of Blair's Landing. Of his passing Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor, said Green was "upright, modest, and with the simplicity of a child, danger seemed to be his element, and he rejoiced in combat... His death was a public calamity and mourned as such by the people of Texas and Louisiana."
Erected 2008 by Louisiana Society Order of The Confederate Rose.
Location. 31° 56.077′ N, 93° 17.986′ W. Marker is near Lake End, Louisiana, in Red River Parish. Marker is on the Lock and Dam No. 4 access road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The river has changed course but the area is still along the water. Blair's Landing is not easy to find, but if you travel on LA Route #1 about 250 yards north of the intersection of LA Hwy 174, you will come to a sign for Lake End, Louisiana and Lock and Dam #4. Drive on a narrow acess road that seems like it is going to nowhere until you see the marker. If you get to a large modern dam and park, you've past the site. Marker is in this post office area: Coushatta LA 71019, United States of America.
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Marker from the road with view of water where ships were Photo, Click for full size
By Texmexfla, April 12, 2008
2. Marker from the road with view of water where ships were

1. Civil War general honored with marker in Red River Parish. An article by John Andrew Prime, published in the Shreveport Times on April 13, 2008. The new marker is probably "within less than 50 yards" of the spot where Green was killed while leading his troopers, said author and historian Gary Joiner, who spoke at the dedication. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Blair's Landing. Civil War Album page with more photos of the site. (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. General Tom Green Postcards. (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas.)
Additional comments.
1. Details of the Battle
Richard Taylor gave orders to Brig. General Tom Green to stop the Union fleet at Blair's Landing. Green's men had been riding and in heavy fighting against Union General N. P. Banks troops for days, but rode to what they thought would be a chance to catch the Union Navy and destroy it. The ships the Confederates saw, however, were the rear of the fleet which had sailed away. Tom Green did not know this had happened so he pressed his men into the fight with vigor.

Among the Texas Troops were:
Buchel's 1st Texas Cavalry
Debray's 26th Texas Cavalry
Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry
C.S.A. Brigadier General Tom Green Marker Photo, Click for full size
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3. C.S.A. Brigadier General Tom Green Marker
Photo of Thomas Jefferson Green in Confederate Uniform(1814-1864)
36th Texas Cavalry
Bagby's 7th Texas Cavalry
Major's Texas Cavalry
Hardeman's 4th Texas Cavalry
Terrell's 37th Texas Cavalry

Fighting against the Union Navy's ships:
USS Osage
USS Lexington
USS Black Hawk

Sources: Through the Howling Wilderness; the 1864 Red River Campaign and Union Failure in the West. By Gary D. Joiner,Univ of Tennessee Press, 2006.

Red River Campaign: Politics and Cotton in the Civil War. by Ludwell H. Johnson, Kent State Univ. Press,1993. page 119.
    — Submitted May 5, 2008, by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas.

Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 4,573 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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