Battle of LaFourche Crossing

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Battle of LaFourche Crossing
Part of American Civil War
Date June 20, 1863 (1863-06-20) –June 21, 1863 (1863-06-21)
Location Lafourche Parish,
near Thibodaux, Louisiana
Result Union victory [1]
Belligerents
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Albert Stickney James P. Major
Units involved
23rd Connecticut Infantry
176th New York Infantry
26th Massachusetts Infantry
42nd Massachusetts
26th Maine Infantry Regiments
Captain Blober's Cavalry
21st Indiana Heavy Artillery
25th New York Light Artillery
District of Western Louisiana
Strength
838 1 Cavalry Brigade
Casualties and losses
48 219

The Battle of LaFourche Crossing (also spelled Lafourche Crossing) was a battle in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States and fought on June 20-21, 1863, during the American Civil War as part of a campaign known as Taylor’s Operations in West Louisiana.

Background[edit]

Confederate Major General Richard Taylor sent an expedition under Colonel James P. Major to break Union supply lines, disrupt military activities and force an enemy withdrawal from Brashear City and Port Hudson. Major set out from Washington, Louisiana, on Bayou Teche, heading south and east. While marching, his men conducted raids on Union forces, boats and plantations and in the process recaptured liberated slaves and captured animals and supplies.

Battle[edit]

Brigadier General William H. Emory, commanding the Union defenses of New Orleans, assigned Lieutenant Colonel Albert Stickney to command in Brashear City and to stem the Confederate raid if possible. Emory informed Stickney of Major’s descent on LaFourche Crossing and ordered him to send troops. Feeling that no threat to Brashear City existed, Stickney, himself, led troops off to LaFourche Crossing, arriving on the morning of June 20. That afternoon, Stickney's scouts reported that the enemy was advancing rapidly.

Confederate forces began driving in Stickney’s pickets around 5:00 p.m.. Southern cavalry then advanced, but was driven back. After Union troops fired a few rounds, the Confederates withdrew in the direction of Thibodeaux. In the late afternoon of June 21, the Confederates engaged the Union pickets, and fighting continued for more than an hour before the Rebels retired. At about 6:30 p.m., the Confederates reappeared in force, started an artillery duel, and charged the Union lines at 7:00 p.m. An hour later, the Confederates disengaged and retired toward Thibodeaux. The Union held the field. Despite the defeat, Major’s raiders continued on to Brashear City.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Park Service document "[1]".

Coordinates: 29°46′00″N 90°45′53″W / 29.7668°N 90.7646°W / 29.7668; -90.7646