(April 12, 2008)
Enlarge Blair's Landing near
Lock and Dam #4
The Red River has changed course but the area is still along the water.
Blair's Landing is not easy to find, but if you travel on LA Route #1
about 250 yards north of the intersection of LA Hwy 174, you will come to
a sign for Lake End, Louisiana and Lock and Dam #4. Drive on a narrow road
that seems like it is going to nowhere until you see the marker. If you
get to a large modern dam and park, you've passed the site.
Richard Taylor gave orders to Brig. General Tom Green to stop the Union
fleet at Blair's Landing. Green's men had been riding and in heavy
fighting against Union General N. P. Banks troops for days, but rode to
what they thought would be a chance to catch the Union Navy and destroy
it. The ships the Confederates saw, however, were the rear of the fleet
which had sailed away. Tom Green did not know this had happened so he
pressed his men into the fight with vigor.
Among the Texas Troops were:
Buchel's 1st Texas Cavalry
Debray's 26th Texas Cavalry
Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry
Wood's' 36th Texas Cavalry
Bagby's 7th Texas Cavalry
Major's Texas Cavalry
Hardeman's 4th Texas Cavalry
Terrell's 37th Texas Cavalry
USS Black Hawk
Sources: THROUGH THE HOWLING WILDERNESS; THE 1864 RED RIVER CAMPAIGN AND
UNION FAILURE IN THE WEST. By Gary D. Joiner, Univ of Tennessee Press,
RED RIVER CAMPAIGN; POLITICAS AND COTTON IN THE CIVIL WAR by Ludwell H.
Johnson, Kent State Univ. Press,1993. page 119
(April 12, 2008)
Enlarge The 144th Anniversary of the death of Confederate Brigadier
General Tom Green. The highway marker was erected very near the site where
Tom Green was decapitated by a Union cannon shot from the USS Osage aimed
with a periscope.
The death of Tom Green is mentioned in the OR's and ORN's. Captain Thomas
O. Selfridge, who was the captain of the monitor actually described aiming
at a Confederate officer on horseback who was vigorously leading his men.
BTW, his shot was off target, but somehow a piece of the shot hit Tom
Green while the rest flew high and away.
The view is from across the road looking toward the water. On the day of
the dedication it was surprisingly windy and there was a slight chill in
the air, but it was very sunny