Date(s): April 8, 1864
Location: Please click on link below for map.Mansfield Battle Memorial Park (battlefield), Mansfield, Louisiana, United States
Campaign(s): Red River Campaign 
Battles in Campaign:
After the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson in July 1863, the Mississippi River was controlled by the Union. President Lincoln and his staff decided that the next objectives in the Trans-Mississippi area should be the capture of Texas and the Confederate Trans-Mississippi headquarters at Shreveport, LA. The Red River was selected as the best approach to Texas. A combined army-navy advance was planned with an army of 35,000 troops led by General N. P. Banks and naval support under the command of Flag Officer D. D. Porter.
The Union command believed that a successful Red River campaign would accomplish the following goals:
The Union army and navy had progressed with little opposition on their route along the Red River to Alexandria and Natchitoches. In early April 1864, the army veered away from Red River at Natchitoches and proceeded toward Shreveport via Mansfield. This move left the army without naval support.
Lodging and Restaurants: Louisiana Tourism
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