March 21, 1864
Looking west towards Hendersonís Hill.
The Confederates were camped atop the hill beyond the edge of the woods.
During a rainstorm the Federals attacked the camp, scattering some of the
Confederates, but capturing most.
and caption by Dave Comeau, October 1997
State historical marker at the site:
Affair at Henderson's Hill
no campaign of the American Civil War evolved from a more complex series
of events than did the Federal invasion of Northwest Louisiana known as
the Red River Campaign.
Although lasting only from March 12 to May 20, 1864, this
expedition represented the culmination of political, economic,
ideological, and diplomatic pressures, some of which had been at work
even before the war itself began.
The affair at Hendersonís Hill was part of this Red River
Hendersonís Hill is located about 3.5 miles southwest of Boyce
and 300 feet west of this marker.
Alexandria, on March 21, 1864, an expedition was organized against the
Confederate strong point at Hendersonís Hill.
This expedition, under the command of Brig. Gen. Mower of the 16th
Corps, included three brigades of Gen. A.J. Smithís command and a
brigade of cavalry of the 19th Corps under Col. Lucas of the 16th
Confederate forces, which included the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry
under the command of Col. William G. Vincent, and William Edgarís
battery of light artillery, were surprised by the Federal units.
Col. Vincent escaped, but 250 Confederates were captured along
with Edgarís four-gun battery.
Eight Confederates were killed and one Federal soldier was