Yellow Bayou, LA

May 18, 1864

Looking south where highway crosses bayou.  Fighting took place along the banks of the bayou as the Federals attacked, left to right, the Confederates here.  The Confederates counterattacked, forcing the Federals back, but they were eventually able to halt the counterattack.

Photo and caption by Dave Comeau, October 1997


State historical marker at the site:

Battle of Yellow Bayou 

Also known as Norwood’s Plantation.  Fought May 18, 1864.  Last Battle of Bank’s Red River Campaign.  General Richard Taylor’s Confederate army failed to prevent Union army crossing Atchafalaya River at Simmesport.