Sunday, December 6, 2015


     Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390 member Michael Dan Jones has written a new book on the battles and skirmishes that occurred in South Louisiana in the Fall of 1863. The main battles were the Battle of Stirling’s Plantation near Morganza, Louisiana and the Battle of Bayou Bourbeau near Sunset, Louisiana. The campaign followed the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, when General Ulysses S. Grant sent Yankee troops south to protect the Mississippi River traffic and General N.P. Banks sent the bluecoat invaders north from Brashear City (modern day Morgan City) to invade Texas through Southwest Louisiana.       
     The Army of Western Louisiana under command of Confederate General Richard Taylor, although vastly out-numbered, used Fabian tactics to smartly defeat the Federals at Stirling’s Plantation and at Bayou Bourbeau. They also aggressively skirmished with and harassed the invaders until they gave up and returned to their New Orleans base. There is also a chapter on the Rio Grande Expedition in Texas, which was a direct result of the failure of the campaign in  South Louisiana.          
     The book, The Battles of Stirling’s Plantation and Bayou Bourbeau, 134 pages with photos, maps, index and bibliography, is available for $12.95 on and

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