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
Though the Confederate Marine Corps never numbered more than six hundred men at any point during the War, they profoundly contributed to the naval strength of the Confederacy. These Marines served the South by defending land-based resources and boarding enemy ships for hand-to-hand combat. The Corps later evolved into a “special forces” branch of the military, and undertook clandestine and perilous missions to capture Union ironclad ships.
The Museum of the Confederacy joins over 25 other historical and educational attractions in Richmond to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and emancipation. The 15th Virginia reenactment unit will be on hand for living history demonstrations and admission to the Museum and White House will be free on this day.
Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.
Timothy Webster, best known for his work as a spy for the Union during the Civil War, began his career as a New York City policeman. In the mid-1850s he left the police department and took a job for Allan Pinkerton with his newly formed detective agency. Webster went on to serve the United States as a spy in the Civil War. He traveled to the Confederate capital multiple times and made many connections high up in the Confederate military and government.
Museum Director of Operations Eric App will give attendees a virtual tour of 1865 Richmond. Using Google’s SketchUp software along with period maps, photographs and insurance policies, App has created a stunning virtual replica of the city that brings historical events alive like never before.
Cost: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members. Sign up online, or you can pay at the door.