Cheyenne, WY (PRWEB) December 5, 2007
New Orleans surrendering without firing a shot, and Union forces splitting the South by gaining control of the Mississippi River are just some facets of the story of Louisiana and the Civil War in the West in the December issue of OldWestNewWest.com (http://www.oldwestnewwest.com).
"At the start of the Civil War, New Orleans was the largest and wealthiest city in the South," said Mike Harris, OldWestNewWest.Com editor. "But on April 28, 1862, the city surrendered to Union naval forces who were prepared to bombard New Orleans into submission. Thankfully, the city surrendered without firing a shot, or much of the historic French Quarter buildings we love to see might not be there today."
Even though New Orleans fell, and the Mississippi River finally was controlled by the North after the siege of Louisiana's Port Hudson, the state remained a thorn in the Union side. Federal forces were never able to really control Louisiana, and a planned invasion of Texas was thwarted by Confederate forces in Louisiana.
"In our report, we see how important Louisiana was to the Civil War in the West, and how it remained a conduit for war material almost up to the end," Harris said. "But fighting on the side of the South cost Louisiana terribly, both in wealth and in lives lost."
The December issue of OldWestNewWest.com also looks at Christmas celebrations happening this month at three of Arizona's state historic sites, the gift of land from Lawrence Rockefeller's trust to Grand Teton National Park, and a peek at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo coming up this month in Las Vegas, Nev.
OldWestNewWest.com, the Internet eZine that showcases how the New West celebrates America's Old West, is published by Cheyenne, Wyoming-based La Frontera Publishing, publisher of historic fiction and non-fiction books about the American West. Its Web site can be found at http://www.lafronterapublishing.com and reached at (307) 778-4752. LFP's eZine, OldWestNewWest.com, can be found at http://www.oldwestnewwest.com