(March 16, 2008) Near the Site of
This is near the site of Monett's Ferry taken from a bridge on LA Hwy #490
which crosses the Cane River. The heavily wooded banks of the Cane River
appear as they did at the time of the battle on April 23, 1864. This photo
was taken March 16, 2008. Confederate Cavalry under Brig. Gen Hamilton P.
Bee were on the right-hand side of the river and Union troops on the left.
Bee was badly outnumbered so he placed many of his 1,600 cavalrymen as
skirmishers in the woods to maximize their strength and give the
impression of a much larger force. Bee also placed his 8 batteries of
artillery on a bluff near the ferry so anything that got close would be
annihilated. (A point the Federals comprehended)
Northern Commander William Emory believed Bee's position to be
impregnable, hence he sent the flanking movement to find another place to
ford the Cane River which, lucky for him, proved to be successful.
Additional information can be found in:
WAR ALONG THE BAYOUS: THE 1864 RED RIVER CAMPAIGN IN LOUISIANA by William
Brooksher (Brassey's: Canada) 1998. pp.172-185. and RED RIVER CAMPAIGN:
POLITICS AND COTTON IN THE CIVIL WAR by Ludwell H. Johnson (Kent State
Univ Press: Kent Ohio) 1993. pp. 225-235
(March 16, 2008) Louisiana
Highway #490 crosses the Cane River at this bridge. This view is from the
Confederate side looking toward the Union side (Cane River Island). When
the photo was taken on March 16, 2008 there were no markers nor any
indication of any Civil War activity at this location. The farms and woods
made for a very bucolic setting
Confederate 1st Division Commander Brig. General Hamilton P. Bee was told
to hold the position. He had a strong position but was outflanked and
vastly outnumbered. Major General Richard Taylor relived Bee of command.
The following item appeared in the June 8, 1864 issue of the Houston Daily
Telegraph Newspaper as a result. Note the names
Marksville, La. May 11, 1864
The undersigned officers of the 1st Division, being in active campaign,
and without facilities of assembling together, beg leave to present
individually to Gen H. P. Bee, an assurance of our high appreciation of
his conduct while in command of this Division.
From the month of November, 1863, to the present time, he has commanded
this division; he has led it on many battle fields, and has ever been
distinguished for his gallantry and cool indifference to danger, whilest
exercising a wise caution and prudence, which enabled this small command
to keep in check the movements of a largely superior force of the enemy,
all the time annoying and harassing them.
We believe that the division has rendered material service to the country
and cause, and that, with the aid of that experience which every day’s
contact with the enemy gave, Gen. Bee’s future as a commander was fraught
with promise to the cause, and honor of himself. We beg to tender
expressions of regret which we all feel in parting with him, and our best
wishes for his future success and happiness.
Very respectfully, &c.
J.B. Likens, Col. Com’dg. 35th Texas Cavalry
J.R. Burns, Lieut. Col. “ “ “
J.O. Robertson, Lieut. Col. com’dg. Terrell’s Regt. Cavalry
Wm. O. Yager, Col. com’dg 1stTexas Cavalry
A.W. Terrell, Col com’dg 2d. Brig. Div.
P.C. Woods, Col. com’dg 32d Texas Cavalry
W.O. Hutchinson, Major “ “ “
H.C. Gould, Col. com’dg 23d Texas Cavalry
Wm. G. Vincent, Col. com’dg 2d Regt. La.
This notice appeared on the front page of the June 8, 1864 issue of the
Houston Daily Telegraph