Battle of Yellow Bayou
Yellow Bayou Memorial Park

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(July 18, 2010Enlarge The Yellow Bayou Park

This photo was taken from the La. Historical Marker for the Battle of Yellow Bayou-Norwood's Plantation. This is the park located by the marker which has earthworks and park benches, grills, etc. The photo was taken July 18, 2010 in the afternoon as a storm approached so the park was not crowded.

(July 18, 2010Yellow Bayou -Norwood's Plantation Sign

This is located in a park along Louisiana Hwy #1. CSA General Wharton, who gave the order to attack wrote the following item that I transcribed. It should be noted that many CSA officers were critical of the attack since, contrary to the La Historical marker, these CSA officers were fully aware the Union Army was almost completely gone therefore they saw no reason to attack. Wharton's Cavalry Corps was largely composed of Texas Cavalry.

The Officers and Soldiers Of Wharton's Cavalry Corps:

Army of West Louisiana,

In The Field,

May 24th, 1864

Soldiers! For forty-six days you have engaged the enemy, always superior to you in numbers. When the beaten foe (four army corps of Infantry and five thousand cavalry) began his retreat, you were formed in battle array in his front, and being upon his flanks and rear, only to destroy. In his retreat from Grand Ecore to Atchafalaya, you killed wounded and captured four thousand men, destroying five transports and three gunboats. All this was accomplished with a loss to you of only four hundred men, two-thirds of whom will report for duty again within forty days.

The history of no other campaign will present the spectacle of a cavalry force capturing and killing more of the enemy than their own number. This you have done, and, in so doing, you have immortalized yourselves and added new lustre to Texas--the gallantry of whose sons has been illustrated on every battle-field from Gettysburg to Glorietta. Had a portion of our forces been where I was informed they were, one hour and a half before the engagement at Norwood's Plantation, the rear guard of the enemy would have been entirely destroyed; as it was, thirty of his dead were left on the field, and sixty-five graves inscribed "killed in action on the 18th of May," besides his wounded carried away by him, testify to the slaughter you inflicted upon him. Federal prisoners, recently captured, announce their loss at eight hundred men, killed and wounded, at Norwood's Plantation.

Your advanced guard are now watering their horses in the Mississippi River, wither you will soon follow. On short rations and with scanty forage, and in the saddle day and night, you have neither murmured nor complained.

In all your trials, the veteran 2d Louisiana Cavalry have been by your side. They have shared your dangers, and are participants in your glory.

During the entire retreat, the different Batteries of Artillery, either acting separately or under command of Col. Brent or Maj. Simmes, displayed the most marked skill and gallantry. They were particularly distinguished in the engagement at Norwood's Plantation.

I as commander honor you for your deeds, and thus acknowledge my appreciation of your services. Gen. Taylor cheerfully accords to you the need of his approbation, and, in his own time and way, will signify his admiration. A grateful people will cherish the record of your gallantry.

JOHN A WHARTON, Major General
Wm. I. Moore, A.A.A.G.

Transcribed on Dec 28, 2008 by William J. Bozic, Jr. from the Houston Daily Telegraph All Rights Reserved.


(July 18, 2010Enlarge Earthworks

We were told these earthworks were originally constructed by CSA troops from Texas who departed the incomplete work in the face of an overwhelming force when General Nathaniel Prentice Banks' arrived with troops of the Union Department of the Gulf. These works are in the tree line with a bayou on the opposite side.

(July 18, 2010Enlarge Earthworks

(July 18, 2010Enlarge Earthworks  

(July 18, 2010Enlarge Tower at Yellow Bayou Park
From this tower there is a clear view of the earthworks, park, bayou, Louisiana Hwy #1, nearby subdivision, and fields of cotton. There was nothing in the tower to explain the mounds of earth or battle when the photo was taken on July 18, 2010.

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