Old Pleasant Hill in De Soto Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
War for Southern Independence
Civil War -- War of the Rebellion
— Red River Campaign 1864 —
The Confederate capital of Louisiana had been moved to Shreveport, also the headquarters of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi Department (All of the Confederacy west of the Mississippi River). The Red River Valley was a heavy producer of cotton badly needed for the survival of the Confederacy and also needed by the northern mills. The Union forces had failed in several attempts to invade Texas which was a heavy producer of cotton and many essential war goods, as well as being the door to Mexico through which much material for the war was received by the Confederacy.
President Lincoln highly recommended the occupation of the Red River Valley, capture of Shreveport and invasion of Texas. General in Chief Halleck therefore ordered to be done by a combined effort of general N. P. Bank's army from New Orleans, south of Shreveport, General Frederick Steele's army from Little Rock, north of Shreveport, part of General W.T. Sherman's army from Vicksburg, east of Shreveport. Assisting the land forces, Admiral David D. Porter's Mississippi River fleet would ascend the Red
General Sherman's 10,000 troops from the 16th, 17th Army Corps commanded by General Andrew J. Smith and Admiral Porter's fleet had very little trouble occupying the area of Louisiana from the Atchafalaya River up to the Red River to Alexandria including the March 14th capture of Fort DeRussy near Marksville. General Banks's army, composed of the 13th and 19th Corps, advanced slowly from Brasher City now Morgan City and united with the Union forces occupying Alexandria, making a combined strength army and navy of over 40,000. General Richard Taylor's Confederates continued to retreat, unable to offer any major resistance with his much inferior numbers. His strength became even weaker with the loss of his armies even Vincent's 2nd Louisiana cavalry, who were returned a short way north of Alexandria at Henderson Hill on March 21st. The nearly unopposed march of the Union ground and naval forces continued up the Red with Natchitoches being occupied on March 31st. A supply base was established at Grand Ecore on the Red River and there plans were made for the final leg of the thus far very victorious
led him to make several mistakes as he set his army in motion again towards Shreveport from Grand Ecore on April 6th. He separated his land force from the tremendous fire power of his naval force by taking the stage coach route through Pleasant Hill and Mansfield. Then he separated his cavalry from his infantry with his 20 mile wagon train. He anticipated no major resistance until he reached Shreveport or even on into Texas as he stated in a communicay to General H.W. Halleck in Washington. As they arrived here in Pleasant Hill April 7th, the Union cavalry unexpectedly began to experience the strengthened Confederates reinforced by General Tom Greene's Texas cavalry. General A.L. Lee's Union cavalry drove the Confederate cavalry through the town to Dr. Wilson's farm where a full scale battle developed. He immediately requested General Banks to send infantry reinforcements up past the long wagon train. The battle for Shreveport and Texas had begun. Little known to General Banks, fighting continued sporadically as the Confederate cavalry fell bank to Sabine Cross Roads a few miles south of Mansfield. General Taylor decided to commit the troops he had available by attacking the head of the more than 20
Reference – The War of the Rebellion–Official records of the Union and Confederate armies
Location. 31° 51.217′ N, 93° 30.809′ W. Marker is in Old Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, in De Soto Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Louisiana Route 175 and Parish Road 1068, on the right when traveling north on State Route 175. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23271 LA-175, Pelican LA 71063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pleasant Hill Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Account of the Battle of Pleasant Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Old Pleasant Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Pleasant Hill Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Pleasant Hill Battle Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Pleasant Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters Department of the Gulf / Headquarters Trans-Mississippi Dept. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Pleasant Hill.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Pleasant Hill. (Submitted on July 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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