Headquarters Department of the Gulf / Headquarters Trans-Mississippi Dept.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf / Headquarters Trans-Mississippi Dept. (HM202E)

Location: Pelican, LA 71063 De Soto Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 51.214', W 93° 30.835'

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(U. S. A.) / Confederate States Army


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

Alexandria, LA., April 2, 1864

Maj. Gen. H.W. Halleck
Headquarters of the Army
Washington, D.C.

General: — Our troops now occupy Natchitoches, and hope to be in Shreveport by 10th of April. I do not fear concentration of the enemy at that point. My fear is that they may not be willing to meet us there, if not, — I shall pursue the enemy into the interior of Texas, — I leave Alexandria for Natchitoches tonight ——— the President has expressed the wish that our ground may be maintained in Texas. ———

I have the honor to be, with highest respect, your obedient servant.

N.P. Banks
Major General Commanding
(Source-Official Records Union and Confederate Armies - Vol. 34)


Headquarters Trans-Mississippi Dept.
Confederate States Army

General S. Cooper
Adjutant and Inspector General
Richmond, VA.

Shreveport, LA.
April 12, 1864


I have the honor to report that the 13th Army Corps, of General Banks Command was singly defeated 3 miles below Mansfield, LA., on the afternoon of the 8th. The 19th
Army Corps coming to its support was repulsed with loss and in disorder, reinforced by parts of the 16th and 17th corps, the enemy in force made a stand at Pleasant Hill, a strong position. 20 miles below Mansfield, our troops attacked with impetuosity on the afternoon of the 9th. Night closed a most sanguinary struggle, in which the enemy were worsted, and retreated under cover of darkness, leaving their wounded on the field. From the best information we can obtain, General Banks command numbered at least 35,000, of which 28,000 were engaged at Pleasant Hill on the 9th. Our calvary (sic) pursued to Natchitoches. General Taylor commanded on the field. The whole disposable infantry force of the department had been concentrated from Arkansas and Texas. Our whole force was under 16,000. We captured 21 pieces of Artillery and over 3,000 prisoners, over 200 wagons. Our loss is very severe - over 2,000 killed and wounded. General Mouton, Colonels, Beard, Noble, Armant, Taylor and Buchel. Among the casualties, providence has given a signal and glorious victory. I shall immediately march to meet Steele, who is advancing with 12,000 from Little Rock.

E. Kirby Smith
General Commanding
HM NumberHM202E
Placed ByPoimboeuf, Bayard and Breaux Families
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Date Added Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees31.85356667, -93.51391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 51.214', W 93° 30.835'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 51' 12.84" N, 93° 30' 50.1" W
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Area Code(s)318
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Par Rd 1068, Pelican LA 71063, US
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