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Battle of Yellow Bayou Louisiana (Norwood's Plantation)

Discussion in 'The South & Western Theaters' started by Lazy Bayou, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Lazy Bayou

    Lazy Bayou 1st Lieutenant

    Apr 17, 2011
    Date: May 18, 1864

    Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Mower [US]; Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor [CS]

    Forces Engaged: 1st and 3rd Divisions, XVI Army Corps [US]; District of Western Louisiana [CS]

    Estimated Casualties: 860 total (US 360; CS 500)

    Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks during his retreat in the Red River Campaign, following the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, reached the Atchafalaya River on May 17. Once on the other side of the river he would be shielded from the continuous Confederate harassment. But, he had to wait to cross the river until the army engineers constructed a bridge. On the 18th, Banks learned that Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor's force was near Yellow Bayou so he ordered Brig. Gen. A.J. Smith to stop them. Since Smith could not comply himself, he ordered Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Mower to meet Taylor. The Yankees attacked and drove the Rebels to their main line. The Confederates counterattacked, forcing the Federals to give ground. The Union force finally repulsed the Confederates. This see-saw action continued for several hours until the ground cover caught fire forcing both sides to retire. Yellow Bayou was the last battle of Banks's ill-fated Red River Expedition, and it insured that the Federals would escape as an army to fight again.

    Result: Union strategic victory

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  3. Robtweb1

    Robtweb1 2nd Lieutenant Civil War Photo Contest
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    Apr 20, 2011
    There is a historical marker where La Hwy 1 crosses the bayou. Also a park with picnic tables and such.

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