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Fri, May 05


Jefferson, Texas

Battle for of Big Cypress Bayou

In this what-if scenario, the Confederates make a desperate stand at the river port town of Jefferson, Texas, as the Federal army has pushes deep into Rebel-held territory.

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Battle for of Big Cypress Bayou
Battle for of Big Cypress Bayou

Time & Location

May 05, 2023, 5:00 PM CDT – May 07, 2023, 4:00 PM CDT

Jefferson, Texas, Jefferson, TX 75657, USA

About the Event

The Red River Campaign of 1864 was one of General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant's initiatives to apply simultaneous pressure on Confederate armies along five separate fronts from Louisiana to Virginia.  In addition to defeating the defending Confederate army, the campaign sought to confiscate cotton stores from plantations along the river and to give support to pro-Union governments in Louisiana. By early April, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks' Union army was about 150 miles up the Red River threatening Shreveport. Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor sought to strike a blow at the Federals and slow or stop their advance. In this what-if scenario, had the Federals succeeded in capturing Shreveport, they may have continued on to invade Texas via the second-most important city in the state at that time: the river port of Jefferson.

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