Blood on the Bayou

Blood on the Bayou Blood On The Bayou Vicksburg, Port Hudson, And The Trans Mississippi Takes A Well Known Story, The Struggle For Control Of The Mississippi River In The American Civil War, And Recasts It As A Contest For Control Of African American Populations The Emancipation Proclamation May Have Freed The Slaves, But The Task Of Actually Moving These Liberated People Into The Union Lines And Directing Their Labor To The Benefit Of The Union Fell To The Federal Army And Navy Control Of The Mississippi Has Often Been Cast In Economic Terms This Book, By Examining The Campaigns From West Of The River, Shows How The Campaign To Reduce These Rebel Forts Also Involved The Creation Of A Black Army Of Occupation And A Remaking Of The Social And Political Landscape Of Louisiana And The Nation This Book Is New Scholarship And, Most Importantly, Fresh Research That Challenges Many Commonly Held Notions Of The Vicksburg And Port Hudson Campaigns In The Past, The Movement Of Large Armies And The Grand Assaults Garnered The Most Attention As Blood On The Bayou Reveals, Small Unit Actions And Big Government Policies In The Trans Mississippi Did As Much To Shape The Outcome Of The War As Did The Great Armies And Famous Captains Of Legend And Lore No Student Of The Civil War Should Ignore This Book Scholars Of Vicksburg And Port Hudson Will Find Their Studies Incomplete Without A Thorough Examination Of This Work As With The Other Books In The Louisiana Quadrille Series, The Military Campaigns Remain Front And Center I Trace The Movements Of Obscure Regiments And Battles Fought On Unfamiliar Trans Mississippi Landscapes In June And July And Tell A Little Known Aspect Of The Sieges Of Vicksburg And Port Hudson I Examine The Evolution Of Federal And Confederate Strategy And Sketch The Leaders Tasked With Carrying These Plans Forward There Is Enough Combat To Satisfy Even The Most Ardent Student Of Campaigns And Commanders The Sources, However, Revealed An Almost Obsessive Concern Over Slavery By Both Sides Actually, These Soldiers, Civilians, And Politicians Did Not Fret Over The Institution Of Slavery As Much As Control Over The Slaves Themselves Both Federal And Confederate Authorities Seemed Preoccupied With Who Physically Controlled The Enslaved Population This Led Me To Review Republican Views On This Subject, And Especially Those Held By Abraham Lincoln The Tug Of War Over People Whom Some Considered Persons Held In Bondage And Others Considered Human Property Also Caused Me To Reexamine The Peculiar Institution As A Salient Feature Of Confederate National Identity A Greater Appreciation For The Causes Of The War Emerged While States Rights Certainly Provided A Framework And Context For The Argument, Slavery Caused The War, Not Vice Versa Physical Control Of The Slave Population Impacted How The Federal Government Conducted The War When War Broke Out, Slaves Emerged First As Contraband, Then Morphed Into Self Emancipated Persons, Before Becoming The Raison D Tre Of The Mississippi Valley Campaigns In The African Americans Became Plunder, If You Will I Came To The Conclusion That The Gathering Of These Persons Drove, In Part, Union Military Strategy In The Mississippi Valley Lincoln Wanted Slaves Removed From Southern Owners, Concentrated In Areas Convenient To Union Logistics Centers, And Then Redistributed To Serve As Soldiers Or Farmers On Behalf Of The United States The Longer The Military Campaigns In The Mississippi Valley Dragged On, The Federal Officials Could Feed Liberated Slaves Into The System This Strategy Held That, Once Union Troops Had Removed Slaves From Bondage And Repurposed Them To Other Tasks, It Would Be Nearly Impossible For Their Former Masters To Re Enslave Them No Matter The Outcome Of The War, The Federal Government Set Out To Break Slavery Forever Fearing A Rapid Collapse Of The Confederacy, Abolitionists Intended To Make Sure That Readmitted States Did Not Reestablish Slavery Remember, Slavery Was Then A State Prerogative Passage Of The Thirteenth Amendment Still Lay Months Into The Future Concurrently, Lincoln Believed Black Troops Would Help Achieve Victory And Then Secure The Peace One The Shooting Ended These African American Regiments Might Serve As An Army Of Occupation The Largest Concentration Of Slaves Lay In The Mississippi Valley And This Population Needed To Be Under Federal Control The Rebel Forts At Vicksburg And Port Hudson Were Impediments Even So, Despite The Presence Of These Confederate Citadels, US Troops Could Remove The African American Population Of This Region Into Zones Of Their Choosing With Increasing Impunity The Fall Of These Positions Facilitated Commerce And Navigation On The Mississippi Yet, The Great Gathering Of African Americans Began, And Continued, Notwithstanding The Rebels In The Earthworks

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  • Hardcover
  • 472 pages
  • Blood on the Bayou
  • Donald S. Frazier
  • English
  • 03 May 2019
  • 9781933337630

10 thoughts on “Blood on the Bayou

  1. says:

    I liked the book but didn t find it as compelling as Frazier s earlier works Oddly enough, the title itself is rather misleading, listing Vicksburg and Port Hudson first as the apparent primary topics and the Trans Mississippi last, whereas the book largely covers the Trans Mississippi campaign and only peripherally covers Port Hudson while mentioning Vicksburg mostly in passing I suppose the publishing firm though Vicksburg and Port Hudson would create most interest than the Trans Mississippi Odd, since I imagine the opposite would be true for fans who read the previous 2 books in the series, like myself.The book opens with considerable effort covering the liberation of the rather substantial slave population in Lousiana and the efforts of the Northern forces to enlist them into the war effort or at the very least deny their labor to the Southern cause While not without interest whether one agrees with all of Frazier s comments or not, it does certainly get the book off to a rather slow start For most readers, the battles are the thing and it takes a while to get to it The book then goes on to the efforts of Union commanding General Nathaniel Banks to capture the Southern citadel of Port Hudson However, General Banks, a political appointee, was not a particularly admirable or successful military figure, or Commisary Banks as he came to be known in the South since he was successful in supplying the Confederate forces in his area than the government in Richmond So, since the book shies away from covering Vicksburg, the reader will be hard put to find many Yankee heros in the story Neither does the book directly cover Banks attacks on Port Hudson It s concerned with Banks efforts to denude his command of every available soldier throughout the rest of his area of command to throw them against Port Hudson and the opportunties this gave the Confederacy to regain lost territory in Lousianna.The real hero of the book is General Richard Taylor who saw a chance to retake Southern Louisianna and perhaps even threaten New Orleans His initial efforts were blocked far successfully by his own area commanders than the Yankee forces as they wanted to throw all available forces into the campaign around Vicksburg He was eventually able to get permission to go on the offensive with minimal forces in the hopes of diverting Yankee troops away from Port Hudson He was wildly successful in his initial efforts throwing a real panic into Northern forces all the way to New Orleans The campaign was largely unique as much was an amphibious campaign requiring the movement of his forces at night in small boats, flanking and overrunning one Union position after another Texas irregular cavalry also played a major role in the campaing to great effect Eventually though the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson required Taylor s forces to high tail it out of the swamps and retreat out to the West.This last part of the book makes for quite a story and is quite well written it just takes a rather meandering patth to get there for me but the book remains well worth reading, covering a campaign that you ll be hard put to find much on elsewhere.

  2. says:

    The third installment in the Louisiana Quadrille opens at a moment of high drama, as the all important Confederate citadels of Vicksburg and Port Hudson are under attack from the forces of Generals Grant and Banks With the focus on Louisiana, Grant and Vicksburg mostly loom in the background, but the awareness of events there, as well as at Port Hudson, overshadow almost everything the Confederates attempt in this period basically May to August 1863.A bit of a departure for the series, though not an unwelcome one, is a heightened focus on the slaves and new freedmen, as Louisiana becomes something of a testing ground for emancipation Narratives from the slaves and ex slaves join the chorus of individuals stories, Union and Confederate Frequently dramatic and gripping, Blood on the Bayou relates stories of some of the less known and smaller though certainly not less intense battles of the Civil War in this period one that in most histories is dominated by Chancellorsville and Gettysburg far away in the East, and Vicksburg some miles up the Mississippi.Dr Frazier ably maintains the high quality of the series with an excellent book Only some problems at the printer causing a number of pages to be rather faint mar the work The stage is set for the thunderous finale of the Quadrille, though with the question will the author really be able to wrap up the story in only one book

  3. says:

    Donald Frazier s first two installments in his Louisiana Quadrille set the bar very high for the final two books in the series This third book, Blood on the Bayou Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans Mississippi, certainly lived up to the quality of it s predecessors Frazier once again found an enormous amount of first person accounts of the time and shared the thoughts of Federal soldiers, Confederate Soldiers, citizens, and slaves The book primarily focuses on General Richard Taylor s campaign to move down the Bayou Teche and cause havoc in hopes of bringing some relief to the sieges at Vicksburg and Port Hudson while hoping to capture a bigger prize for himself and the Confederacy Frazier does an excellent job of giving the accounts of officers and enlisted men fighting on both sides of the war The book also goes into great detail explaining what exactly happened to the slaves that were freed by the Federals and how they were incorporated into the Federal Army, displaced throughout the region, and sometimes exploited In true Frazier form, the book also has an abundant amount of photographs, drawings, and maps that allow the reader to truly visualize what was happening in the region.

  4. says:

    The third volume of Frazier s planned 4 part series on the Civil War in Louisiana, this one focuses a bit on the social upheavals on both slaves and plantation owners as the Union army gained control of large swaths of territory in the fertile southern parts of the state It could have used a tad editing Frazier s chapters on the battles at Brashear Morgan City and Fort Butler are the best I have yet read.

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