A Hard Yankee Winter in Texiana
Flushed with the successes at Port Hudson and Vicksburg, and in the middle of William B Franklin’s fall 1863 campaign through Acadiana, some 13th & 19th Corps troops were pulled away to Texas in an attempt to bring Texas back into the Union. The campaign in Texas which originally was conceived with so much hope for success, turned into an inglorious failure the men wanted to be forgotten. Before being extinguished in the besieged city of Indianola, Texas they were hastily extricated to serve in Nathaniel Prentice Banks’ spring 1864 Red River Campaign where the men were decimated at the head of the Union column by the bulk of General Richard Taylor’s Confederate soldiers at Mansfield so their histories vanished. Come to the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table on July 16, 2020 to learn what happened to the men and why.
William J. Bozic, Jr. earned a BA in History in 1986 and an M.Ed. in 1987 from the University of Florida. Additional certifications were earned from Rice University 2014-2016, and the Indiana University-Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands 2019-2020. William works for the National Park Service and is currently assigned to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve visitor centers in Lafayette and Eunice, Louisiana. William is also a book reviewer for Civil War News. William is in the final stages of two proposed books: Get in the Saddle and Ride: A Regimental History of Col. James B. Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry, and Indianola Incidents: The Union Occupation of Indianola Texas 1863 to 1864.