By Stephen A. Townsend
Overland, Texas provided Louisiana and issues east with wanted items; in terms of Mexico, Texas provided a detour round the blockade of Southern ports and hence an financial hyperlink to England and France. yet Union forces had no solid base from which to interdict both a part of the Texas alternate. Their efforts have been characterised by way of brief, unsuccessful forays, basically in East and South Texas. this kind of, which left New Orleans on October 26, 1863, and was once referred to as the Rio Grande excursion, types the center piece of this book.
Stephen A. Townsend rigorously lines the actions—and inaction—of the Union forces from the trap of Brownsville by way of troops less than Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, throughout the improve up the coast with assistance from Union Loyalists, until eventually common Ulysses S. supply ordered the abandonment of all of Texas other than Brownsville in March 1864. Townsend analyzes the results of the crusade at the neighborhood population, the morale and reliable order of the 2 armies concerned, U.S. diplomatic family members with France, the Texas cotton alternate, and postwar politics within the kingdom. He thoughtfully assesses the advantages and losses to the Northern warfare attempt of this simply sustained career of Texas.
No figuring out of the Civil struggle west of the Mississippi—or its position within the Union technique for the Deep South—will be entire with no this informative study.