War on the Frontier : The Trans - Mississippi West

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life Civil warfare sequence 23 of 27

In this quantity of the Civil battle sequence we glance on the battles within the West, a principally forgotten theater of the Civil warfare. The territories of recent Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, the Indian Territories, Colorado and Dakota, in addition to the states of Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. whereas neither aspect would offer whatever as regards to the numbers of troops obvious within the East there will be a protracted march up and down the Rio Grande in New Mexico, Guerilla raids on each side of the Kansas-Missouri, Indian scuffling with within the Dakotas and a crusade up the crimson River.

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Official,) E. F. TURNER, Capt. & A. A. Gen'l. Cottonclad Victory at Galveston Early on January 1, 1863, significant normal John Magruder's fleet of 5 accomplice cottonclads — so referred to as for the professional- via bales of cotton on their decks steamed into the harbor at Galveston, Texas, decided to finish the Union blockade and career of the port. The steamer Westfield, with Fleet Commander William B. Renshaw aboard, was once the 1st of six Federal warships to answer the assault; however the tection afforded — forty eight As different Federal moved to her reduction, accomplice bat- Westfield ran aground. ships from the other shore, them away. With catch forthcoming, Renshaw attempted to explode the Westfield; however the explosion used to be early, killing Renshaw and several other of his workforce. within reach, the accomplice gunboat Bayou urban dueled the Federal sidewheeler Harriet Lane. The Bayou urban teries fired riding blasted a gap within the Harriet Lane's wheelhouse ahead of the accomplice ship's 32-pound gun blew aside. The Bayou urban rammed the Harriet Lane; whooping Confederates swarmed onto the deck of the Federal cutter tured her. slipped and cap- the rest Union away below vessels a flag of truce, and the harbor back to Southern keep watch over. "The victory used to be won," wrote a accomplice, "and a made jubilant New Year's present was once to the folks of Texas. " Confederate infantrymen clamber aboard the Federal steamer Harriet Lane ramming the send with their "cottonclad" steamer, the Bayou urban (background). After her seize, the Harriet Lane used to be utilized by the Confederates to run a shipment of Texas cotton to Havana. after Major basic Nathaniel P. Banks led a Federal military up the crimson River March 1864, to invade Texas. who had risen from bobbin boy in a cotton mill to turn into in Banks, Governor of Massachusetts, was once suggestion by means of a few to be the simplest of the Union's so-called political generals. bled his military, now swollen to nearly 20,000 males, at citadel Bisland at the reduce Teche and on October three begun advancing slowly. alongside the way in which the Federals skirmished with Confederates led by way of significant basic Richard Taythe 37-year-old son of Zachary Taylor, lor, hero of the Mexican battle, and a hero himself prior within the Civil warfare as considered one of Stonewall Jackson's ablest lieutenants. by means of October 21 Franklin had complicated approximately seventy five miles and occupied town of Opelousas, yet there he dawdled indecisively. He had realized that nutrients will be ex- ceedingly not easy to discover in carefully inhabited western Louisiana, and he used to be detest to movement with out educate. In overdue — merely to a wide, well-stocked October he all started wagon again to drag have his northernmost brigade stunned in its camp close to Grand Coteau through cavalry brigades of competitive Texans less than newly promoted Brigadier normal Thomas eco-friendly, the accomplice chief on the It appeared like a mismatch while the Fed- eral flotilla arrived off the bar at Sabine go New Mexico the former yr. Green's Texans, supported through 3 infantry regiments from significant GenBattle of Valverde in on September 7, 1863.

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