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Planting the Union flag in Texas : the campaigns of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks in the West

Author: Stephen A Dupree
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©2008.
Series: Red River Valley books, no. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Appointed by President Lincoln to command the Gulf Department in November 1862, Nathaniel Prentice Banks was given three assignments, one of which was to occupy some point in Texas. He was told that when he united his army with Grant?s, he would assume command of both. Banks, then, had the opportunity to become the leading general in the West?perhaps the most important general in the war. But he squandered what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Nathaniel Prentiss Banks; Nathaniel Prentiss Banks
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen A Dupree
ISBN: 9781585446414 1585446416
OCLC Number: 153772989
Description: xiii, 293 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Lincoln's political general --
A new commander in Louisiana --
The first invasion : Galveston --
Irish Bend, Alexandria, and Port Hudson --
The second invasion : Sabine Pass --
The third invasion : The Great Texas Overland Expedition --
The fourth invasion : the Texas coast --
Beginning of the fifth invasion : Halleck's Red River Expedition --
The advance to Alexandria --
The advance to Sabine Crossroads --
The battles at Sabine Crossroads and Pleasant Grove --
The battle at Pleasant Hill --
The retreat to Alexandria and the affair at Monett's Ferry --
The Red River dams --
The end of the fifth invasion --
A summation --
Appendix: Composition of the Union Army, Department of the Gulf, during the Red River Expedition.
Series Title: Red River Valley books, no. 2.
Other Titles: Campaigns of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks in the West
Responsibility: Stephen A. Dupree.
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