Here’s a fun fact about the United States you might not have learned in school: for a brief time in the 1860s, part of the country wanted to be ITS OWN country! Pretty wild right?

But Ol’ Abe was like “Nuh-uh dummies. You get back here and be part of this country right now!”

And Jefferson Davis was all like “Come at me bro!”

And then Abe DID come at him. With varying degrees of success.

One of the least successful attempts was the Red River Campaign, a shit show of a mission to capture Louisiana and Texas. It would have been a complete failure were it not for one man – a civil engineer from the Wisconsin Dells – who turned into just a regular failure. Learn how on our latest episode.