This Week in the Civil War - #804
On Friday, April 8, 1864 Confederates commanded by General Richard Taylor formed a defensive perimeter at Sabine Crossroads near Mansfield, Louisiana. Nathaniel Banks’ forces had moved inland from the Red River toward Mansfield and were strung out in a long column which included a number of supply wagons. The Confederates struck late in the afternoon, immediately outflanking the Union troops on both sides and forcing Banks to retreat. With the Union wagons blocking an effective retreat route, disaster was averted only when troops of General William Emory stalled the Confederate attack. Banks retreated during the night and formed a defensive line at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Of approximately 12,000 Union forces engaged at Mansfield, Banks’ command took 2235 casualties, while the attacking Confederates suffered an approximate 1000 dead, wounded, or missing.