Wednesday, April 9 2014

04/09/2014 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm

In March 1864, the United States initiated a joint Army-Navy expedition up the Red River in Louisiana.  The objective was to capture Shreveport, Louisiana, and isolate the western states of Louisiana and Texas from the rest of the Confederacy.  The Union forces, commanded by Major General Nathaniel Banks and Rear Admiral David Porter, consisted of about 30,000 army troops and over 80 navy vessels, including ironclads, gunboats, monitors and transports.  These forces moved up the Red River to within about 30 miles of Shreveport before they were stopped by Confederate troo