Even the most disinterested student of the Civil War has heard about Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia and the classic struggles between Lee and Grant in Virginia. Many are familiar with the War in the West, and the battles of Fort Donelson, Stones River, and Franklin. But relatively few follow those battles and campaigns that took place in the Confederate Department of the Trans-Mississippi, which covered the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri.
Did the fall of Port Hudson (technically not in the Trans-Mississippi as it was on the east bank of the Mississippi in Louisiana) and the Red River Campaign make any difference at all in the outcome of the war ?
The Editor would like to hear from readers with their points of veiw on this topic.