Sabine Crossroads

Sabine Crossroads

(săb'ēn`), locality, De Soto parish, NW La., near Mansfield. There in the Civil War, Union forces under Nathaniel P. BanksBanks, Nathaniel Prentiss,
1816–94, American politician and Union general in the Civil War, b. Waltham, Mass. After serving in the Massachusetts legislature (1849–53), Banks entered Congress as a Democrat, was returned in 1855 as a Know-Nothing and became speaker of
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, advancing on Shreveport, were defeated and driven back by Gen. Richard TaylorTaylor, Richard,
1826–79, Confederate general in the American Civil War, b. near Louisville, Ky.; son of Zachary Taylor. A Louisiana planter, he attained some political prominence and was a member of the Louisiana secession convention.
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 on Apr. 8, 1864.
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In fact, neither the chronic alcoholism exhibited by Meagher, the scandalous money-making schemes conducted by Butler and Hurlbut, nor the humiliating defeats experienced by Banks at Port Hudson and Sabine Crossroads, Sigel at New Market, or Butler at Bermuda Hundred could lead to their permanent removal.
Principal battles: Winchester, Cedar Mountain (both in Virginia) (1862); siege of Port Hudson (1863); Sabine Crossroads, Pleasant Hill (all in Louisiana) (1864).
then sent to New Orleans to succeed General Butler (November); captured Alexandria (Louisiana) (May 1863); besieged and captured Port Hudson (May 27-July 9); directed operations along the south Texas coast without success (late 1863); commanded the Red River expedition, and suffered serious reverses at Sabine Crossroads (April 8, 1864) and Pleasant Hill (April 9); he withdrew his forces with some difficulty, and was persuaded not to abandon Adm.