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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 787

By Wednesday, March 16, 1864 Federal forces occupied Alexandria, Louisiana on the Red River.  Their target was Shreveport, the capital of Confederate Louisiana and the headquarters for the Army of the Trans-Mississippi.

The potential fall of Shreveport would render East Texas, especially Galveston and Sabine Pass, vulnerable to invasion.  With both the Union army and navy involved on the Red River, a secondary force of Union troops from Little Rock, Arkansas would move south under General Frederick Steele with the intention of joining Banks’ expedition moving up the Red River. 

If successful, the Red River campaign would break up the Confederacy west of the Mississippi River and finally allow Nathaniel Banks to penetrate into the interior of Confederate Texas, a goal that until March 1864 essentially had eluded him.