Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863

Thunder Across the Swamp The Fight for the Lower Mississippi February May Echoes from the Battle of Galveston had barely faded before a new Federal offensive began rolling down the banks of the Mississippi River General Ulysses S Grant intent on reducing the Confederate ci

  • Title: Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863
  • Author: Donald S. Frazier
  • ISBN: 9781933337449
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Echoes from the Battle of Galveston had barely faded before a new Federal offensive began rolling down the banks of the Mississippi River General Ulysses S Grant, intent on reducing the Confederate citadel at Vicksburg, began looking for ways to reduce the fortress and return control of the mightiest of American rivers to northern control Downstream in New Orleans, GeneEchoes from the Battle of Galveston had barely faded before a new Federal offensive began rolling down the banks of the Mississippi River General Ulysses S Grant, intent on reducing the Confederate citadel at Vicksburg, began looking for ways to reduce the fortress and return control of the mightiest of American rivers to northern control Downstream in New Orleans, General Nathaniel P Banks received orders to cooperate however he could in this effort, but faced challenges of his own, blocked by the Confederate bastion at Port Hudson The problem facing Union war planners seemed nearly intractable Both of these Confederate positions had key vulnerabilities Both garrisons depended heavily on supplies thrown across the Mississippi from sources in Louisiana and Texas, and the task fell to the United States Navy to cut off this stream of cattle and corn The ensuing campaign to interdict these rations turned into one of the most massive raids in Civil War history, involving tens of thousands of Union foot soldiers and cavalry and scores of warships and transports, plunging Louisiana into the pit of a destructive war that wrecked everything in its path When General Banks launched his campaign up Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana, Confederates in the region faced the greatest challenge yet to their claims of independence and experienced for the first time the true devastation of war and the consequences of rebellion Thunder Across the Swamp The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February May 1863 is the second of the four books in Donald S Frazier s highly acclaimed Louisiana Quadrille In this fast paced narrative, readers ride along with gunboat skippers in duels along the Mississippi, trot along with cavalrymen as they slash their way through enemy lines, experience the dust and confusion of infantry assaults, and mourn with Louisiana, Texas, and New England families that watch their property and families destroyed by civil war Most students of this national calamity may believe they know well the campaigns on the Mississippi Thunder Across the Swamp promises to fill in the less well known story of the fight to control the west bank during the crucial campaigns of 1863.

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    1. A decent account of the campaign for the lower Mississippi during the early months of 1863 with the Union Army under Major General Nathaniel Banks contesting the waterways and bayous with Confederate forces under the command of Major General Richard Taylor. The book is full of drawings, illustrations and maps and was an easy to read account of this interesting Civil War campaign. This is the second volume in a planned Louisiana Quadrille series. The only thing that spoilt this book, which is bec [...]

    2. With "Thunder Across the Swamp," Donald Frazier has put himself into a challenging position as a Civil War historian; with two books of the "Louisiana Quadrille" down (this and the preceding "Fire in the Cane Field") and two to go, the only directly comparable study that I've read is the redoubtable Ed Bearss' Vicksburg trilogy. I mean this in both positive and negative ways: the "Quadrille" thus far, especially "Thunder," is exactingly precise, often down to the movements of individual regiment [...]

    3. I'm not aware of anything else that specifically covers the Bayou Teche campaign in detail. For the most part, this does a good job of covering matters. There are moments where the narrative jumps back and forth between the land campaign and the naval operations on the Mississippi that are jolting. It would be better to devote separate chapters to the latter as appropriate. It is interesting that Frazier presumes that you've read his Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest as wel [...]

    4. Donald Frazier outdoes himself once again with his second book in the Louisiana Quadrille Series. Thunder Across the Swamp details General Nathaniel Bank's offensive in the spring of 1863. Bank's offensive along Bayou Teche up to Alexandria is chronicled in extraordinary fashion. Frazier narrates in vivid detail the advance of the Union army and the battles along the way.This book was well researched and takes into account an enormous amount of primary resources. Thunder Across the Swamp shares [...]

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