On 30 April 1864 Began yankee General Nathanael Banks Red River
Campaign in Louisiana. It was a complete failure, but Louisiana's
governor Henry Watkins Allen, commissioned a report composed of
eye-witnesses affidavits. I have seen this book, even used it. At one
place the yankees were camped across the river on a Sunday and the
people of the town came out to promenade as they did every Sunday.
They were civilians, yet they fired on them. But the worst treatment
was reserved for slaves, who were encouraged to follow after the Union
army and told that the Confederates would kill them when they
returned. Once these poor people had left their homes, they were
abandoned. Thousands died. The eye-witness reports are horrifying. I
had to put the book down, and walk away.