Union General Nathaniel P. Banks ALS and CDV

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Featured here is an Autograph Letter Signed by General Nathaniel P. Banks. Written from Boston on May 5th, 1880. One page, measuring 4.5 X 7”. The letter is in overall fine condition with scattered toning. Also included is a nice CDV of banks with a backmark of Charles Taber and Co. out of New Bedford, MA. Fine. 

Nathaniel Prentice Banks (January 30, 1816 – September 1, 1894) was an American politician from Massachusetts and a Union general during the American Civil War.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, President Lincoln appointed Banks as one of the first ‘political’ major generals, over the heads of West Point regulars, who initially resented him, but came to acknowledge his influence on the administration of the war. After suffering a series of inglorious setbacks in the Shenandoah River Valley at the hands of Stonewall Jackson, Banks replaced Benjamin Butler at New Orleans as commander of the Department of the Gulf, charged with administration of Louisiana and gaining control of Mississippi River. But he failed to reinforce Grant at Vicksburg, and badly handled the Siege of Port Hudson, taking its surrender after Vicksburg had fallen. He then launched the Red River Campaign, a failed attempt to occupy eastern Texas that prompted his recall. Banks was also instrumental in early Reconstruction efforts in Louisiana, intended by Lincoln as a model for later such activities.

After the war, Banks returned to the Massachusetts political scene, serving in Congress, where he influenced the Alaska Purchase legislation and supported women’s suffrage.

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