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At Mansfield, Louisiana, Confederate forces deal a severe blow to the Union's Red River Campaign

Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864
04/08/1864
Union General Nathaniel Banks' Red River Campaign was dealt a fatal blow with a heavy defeat near the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  Initially outnumbered, his advancing forces were overwhelmed by Confederate General Richard Taylor's forces and forced to retreat with heavy losses.  The Union lines held the next day at Pleasant Hill but Banks began his withdrawal to Alexandria, Louisiana soon after, ending the campaign.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Richard Lowe, Walker’s Texas Division C.S.A.: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004), 186-202.
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