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Red River Campaign

Politics and Cotton in the Civil War

Ludwell H. Johnson

317 pages
The Kent State University Press

First published in 1958, Red River Campaign examines how partisan politics, economic needs, and personal profit determined military policy and operations in Louisiana and Arkansas during the spring of 1864.

In response to the demands of Free-Soil interests in Texas and the New England textiles manufacturers' need for cotton, Lincoln authorized an expedition to open the way to Texas. General Nathaniel Banks conducted a combined military and naval campaign up the Red River that lasted only from March 12 to May 20, 1864, but was one of the most destructive of the Civil War.

Author Bio
Ludwell H. Johnson is emeritus professor of history at the College of William and Mary and author of Division and Reunion: America, 1848–1877.