The Yankee Invasion of Texas

The Yankee Invasion of Texas

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In 1863 the Union capture of Texas was viewed as crucial to the strategy to deny the Confederacy the territory west of the Mississippi and thus to break the back of its military force. Union efforts to cut off the Texas trade were characterized by short, unsuccessful forays, primarily in East and South Texas. Here, Stephen A. Townsend examines one of these, known as the Rio Grande Expedition, which left New Orleans on October 26, 1863. Townsend carefully traces the actions - and inaction - of the Union forces from the capture of Brownsville, through the advance up the coast with the help of Union Loyalists, until General Ulysses S. Grant ordered the abandonment of all of Texas except Brownsville in March 1864. Townsend analyzes the effects of the campaign on the local populace, the morale and good order of the two armies involved, U.S. diplomatic relations with France, the Texas cotton trade, and postwar politics in the state. He thoughtfully assesses the benefits and losses to the Northern war effort of this only sustained occupation of Texas. No understanding of the Civil War west of the Mississippi - or its place in the Union strategy for the Deep South - will be complete without this informative study.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w photo, 3 maps, bib., index
  • 1585444871
  • 9781585444878
  • 2,412,552

About Stephen A. Townsend

STEPHEN A. TOWNSEND teaches history at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.show more

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