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Road to Appomattox

Mansfield/Sabine Cross-Roads, Louisiana

1 Jan, 1970

On the road to Shreveport, Union General Nathaniel Banks is defeated at Mansfield, near Sabine Cross-Roads, losing a total of about 2,200 of his 12,000-man force, as well as 20 artillery pieces, 200 wagons, and almost 1,000 horses and mules. Confederate General Richard Taylor’s army of 8,800 has 1,000 killed or wounded.  After this, the most decisive battle of his campaign, Banks retreats.