13708Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Nathaniel Banks [east vs west]
- Sep 1 12:46 PMSuddenly the key point from the Jackson Valley
campaign as it transfers to the Red River snaps into
focus: Taylor was a brigadier general at Winchester.
He charged Banks' line, got good resistance but
suddenly Banks' forces melted. I suspose Taylor's
notion was that if pressure were applied to Banks, his
army would eventually fold.
True or not, I suspect that Taylor's taste of glory as
a Brigadier played a part in the mental game played
out in the Red River campaign.
--- carlw4514 <carlw4514@...> wrote:
> Will, you always do your homework and make good__________________________________________________
> points. Certainly I
> didn't know that the Red River Campaign was over
> Banks' objections.
> Lincoln needed Banks, it seems, as you point out he
> wasn't the worst
> general he ever had, although I clearly believe he
> was more "in the
> running" for that spot than you do. And I guess he
> was very much
> needed for raising troops [and for political reasons
> in general];
> seems like it was too bad such high profile
> assignments needed to be
> given him, though.
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