Re: Nathaniel Banks [east vs west]
- I suspect you may be right.
I am certain that the loss of the availability of troops from the most
populous part of Louisiana was sorely felt in 1864; the very troops
Taylor was commanding in VA had basically come from there IIRC.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., David Kowalski <kywddavid@y...> wrote:
> Suddenly 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.