Battle of Stirling's Plantation
Part of the American Civil War
Date September 29, 1863
Location Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
30°32′59″N 91°38′42″W / 30.54972°N 91.645°W / 30.54972; -91.645
Result Confederate victory
Belligerents
United States United States (Union) 2nd Division, XIII Corps, Army of the Tennessee Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy) (local forces)
Commanders
Napoleon J.T. Dana Thomas Green
Casualties and losses
454 ca. 125

The Battle of Stirling's Plantation (also known as the Battle of Fordoche Bridge) was an American Civil War battle took place on September 29, 1863 in Pointe Coupeé Parish, Louisiana.

Background[edit | edit source]

Following the Union defeat at the Second Battle of Sabine Pass earlier in the month, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks intended to occupy important locations in Texas. He decided to send troops up the Bayou Teche, disembark them on the plains and march overland to Texas. Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent him a division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Napoleon J.T. Dana to garrison Morganza and prevent Rebel troops from operating on the Atchafalaya River. A 1,000-man detachment, under the command of Lt. Col. J.B. Leake, was at Stirling's Plantation to guard the road to the Atchafalaya River and deter any enemy troops from passing by. Brig. Gen. Alfred Mouton, commander of the Sub-District of Southwestern Louisiana, decided that he had a favorable opportunity to defeat the Union forces around Fordoche Bridge.

Battle[edit | edit source]

On September 19, Mouton instructed Brig. Gen. Tom Green to prepare for such an attack. Mouton provided Green with reinforcements and gave the order to attack on the 25th. Green's force began crossing the Atchafalaya River on the 28th, and all were over after midnight of the 29th. At dawn on the 29th, Green's men marched out. Confederate cavalry began skirmishing with Union pickets at Fordoche Bridge before noon and continued for about a half hour. Green's other troops then hit the Union force, drove them and captured many, although most of the Federal cavalry found an escape route. Although Dana sent reinforcements, mud and rain slowed their progress and allowed Green to get away.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Green had defeated this Union force handily, but it did not deter Banks from his intended movement.

References[edit | edit source]

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


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