Confederate troops bidding to regain control of Louisiana reach the outskirts of its state capital, Baton Rouge, on Aug. 5, 1862, and fighting erupts as they meet Union resistance.
Union gunboats on the Mississippi River begin shelling the secessionist troops. The Confederates had hoped that their ironclad, the CSS Arkansas, could arrive to shell the gunboats and silence them. But the engines failed, and the vessel is unable to take part in the battle.
A day later, the CSS Arkansas again tries to close in on the Union gunboats. But the ironclads engine problems return, and the ship runs aground. Easy prey for capture, the vessel is blown up by her crew.