APRIL 8, 1864

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p60
The article focuses on the formation of a Confederate army aimed at attacking the army of Major General Nathaniel Banks on April 8, 1864. The army was composed of Texans, Louisianans, Missourians and Arkansans. The Confederate department commander, Edmund Kirby Smith, had ordered his field general, Richard Taylor, not to attack, but Taylor had learned his trade under Stonewall Jackson and was therefore not inclined to be cautious. Banks, with his army poorly deployed along a narrow road, never had a chance. He was so disheartened by his defeat that he gave orders to retreat and forget the whole expedition.


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