Blood on the Bayous: The Civil War in Louisiana and Texas

Often seen as a sideshow to the big show, the Trans-Mississippi loomed large in the imagination of Union and Confederate war planners alike. Neither quite knew how to treat the region, but understood that ignoring it completely might yield terrible dividends. Louisiana was key to the region, and Texas was the key to Louisiana. As a result, both sides campaigned in these states with mixed results, but with implications that rippled across the nation.

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