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The Battle(s) of Mansfield/Pleasant Hill

          The battles that took place April 8 & 9, 1864 around Mansfield and Pleasant Hill yielded a decisive victory for the Confederacy, finally forcing federal Gen. Banks' army into retreat - before it reached Shreveport, and on into Texas. Below are a few links to more information about the battle, its affect on area residents, the participants, and the Red River Campaign.

Right: one flag from a regiment of Walker's Division Texas Infantry, showing "Mansfield April 8th 1864" above the cross, and "Pleasant - Hill April 9th 1864" below it.

A first-hand account of the battles by Sarah Gardner Moss Bannerman

Civilian Reaction to the Red River Campaign, 1864, From Natchitoches Mansfield, Louisiana and Civilian/Forage Food Availability, Western Louisiana, Early April 1864, articles by Vicki Betts

The Northwest Louisiana Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans has an excellent
historic sites of NW Louisiana page with pictures of the Elam house, which served
as a hospital during the battle at Pleasant Hill, the Pleasant Hill battlefield, Mansfield
Confederate Cemetery, and the museum at Mansfield Commemorative Area.

Randy's Texas site has rosters and information about Walker's Texas Division and extended biographies for some of the Generals in the Trans-Mississippi Dept.

The 12th Texas Volunteer Infantry, part of Walker's Texas Division, captured a
federal battery at Hunnicutt Hill. The 12th's reenactment unit has more pictures
of historic sites around Mansfield & Pleasant Hill.

Young Sanders Center for the Study of the WBTS in Louisiana

Database of Some Confederate Soldiers Buried in Louisiana

General Information about the Red River Campaign

The Red River Campaign (Essay)

Map of Louisiana Battle Sites w/ Links to Summaries

28th Louisiana Infantry

We hope to be able to add links to more information about the battles, its participants, and its effects on residents of the region at that time. If you would like to submit information please e-mail me. 

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