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By Stephen A. Dupree

Appointed by way of President Lincoln to command the Gulf division in November 1862, Nathaniel Prentice Banks was once given 3 assignments, one in every of which was once to occupy a few element in Texas. He was once informed that after he united his military with Grant’s, he might imagine command of either. Banks, then, had the chance to develop into the major common within the West—perhaps an important normal within the warfare. yet he squandered what successes he had, by no means rendezvoused with Grant’s military, and finally orchestrated a number of the maximum army mistakes of the battle. “Banks’s faults as a general,” writes writer Stephen A. Dupree, “were legion.”

The originality of Planting the Union Flag in Texas lies not only within the author’s description of the battles and campaigns Banks led, nor in his popularity of the nature qualities that underlay Banks’s judgements. particularly, it lies in how Dupree synthesizes his reviews of Banks’s numerous activities in the course of his travel of responsibility in and close to Texas to aid the reader comprehend them as a unified crusade. He skillfully weaves jointly Banks’s a variety of makes an attempt to realize Union regulate of Texas together with his different actions and shines the sunshine of Banks’s personality at the ensuing occasions to assist clarify either their strength and their shortcomings.

in spite of everything, readers could have a holistic knowing of Banks’s “appalling” failure to win Texas and will also be resulted in ask how the post–Civil struggle period could have been varied had he been winning. This advantageous research will attract Civil struggle buffs and lovers of army and Texas history.

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