Research Hurricanes during the Civil War


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Nov 27, 2018
Chattanooga, Tennessee
From time to time we have discussed weather events and their impact upon the soldiers and armies during the war. I know the general consensus on Wikipedia is mediocre, but it is still often widely used for facts or details. I found the site holds the weather patterns for the hurricane season of 1861-1865, which can be found by numerically inserting the year in question to the Title of this page; the final system dissipated on November 3.

J. D. Stevens

Dec 11, 2016
Deep In The Heart of Texas
Thanks for the link.
On Sept 29, 1863, the Battle of Bayou Fordoche (Also know as the Battle of Sterling Plantation) was fought in Southern Louisiana during Tropical Storm #9.
Following the Union defeat at Sabine Pass earlier in the month, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks intended to occupy important locations in Texas. He decided to send troops up the Bayou Teche and march overland to Texas. Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent a division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Napoleon J.T. Dana to garrison Morganza and prevent Rebel troops from operating on the Atchafalaya River. A 1,000-man detachment, under the command of Lt. Col. J.B. Leake, was at Stirling's Plantation to guard the road to the Atchafalaya River and deter any enemy troops from passing. CSA Brig. Gen. Alfred Mouton decided that he had a favorable opportunity to defeat the Union forces around Fordoche Bridge. On September 19, he instructed Brig. Gen. Tom Green to prepare for such an attack. Mouton provided Green with reinforcements and gave the order to attack. Green's force began crossing the Atchafalaya River on the 28th. At dawn on the 29th, Green's men marched out. Confederate cavalry began skirmishing with Union pickets at Fordoche Bridge before noon and continued for about a half hour. Green's other troops then hit the Union force, drove them and captured many, although most of the Federal cavalry found an escape route. Although Dana sent reinforcements, mud and rain slowed their progress and allowed Green to get away. Green had defeated this Union force handily,
RESULTS: Confederate Victory
ESTIMATED CASUALTIES: 636 total (US 515; CS 121:wink:

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