The Mariners’ Park Café / Open to the Public
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!
Among the major features of the Union’s offensive strategy in 1864 was to pressure the Confederates across all fronts, such as Union General Nathaniel Banks’s march up the Red River Valley to conquer Shreveport, Louisiana, and East Texas. Banks’s army of 35,000 men was supported by Admiral David Dixon Porter’s Mississippi Squadron. The plan was conceived by General Henry Halleck and, in part, its purpose was to gather cotton for the Union. The Federals encountered problems from the start. Porter’s squadron was almost trapped by the Alexandria Falls and the Federal army was soundly defeated by Confederate General Richard Taylor at the Battle of Mansfield.