- Apr 4, 2017
Richmond Whig, June 22, 1864 (reprinted from the New York Herald)-
Banks occupied Brownsville Texas in November 1863, deterring the French and substantially disrupting trade from Texas to Mexico. Seems like he succeeded in the effort Lincoln wantedThe Mexico number emphasizes to me why Lincoln wanted to invade and control Texas, not to mention shaking a big stick at France. Unfortunately Banks bungled that effort.
Short lived gains, cotton exports south continued through alternate routes and in less than 6 months Banks was repulsed from TX/LA never to return, and Brownsville was reoccupied by the CSA. The French were never intimidated by Banks, they valued Federal exports over southern cotton and were more interested in keeping good relations with DC than with the CSA.Banks occupied Brownsville Texas in November 1863, deterring the French and substantially disrupting trade from Texas to Mexico. Seems like he succeeded in the effort Lincoln wanted
That ain’t even counting what the Yankees stole!Hopefully Mr. Calhoun received his Ph.D. based on this research paper. Here is his table:
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https://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2097/14956/RickyDaleCalhoun2012.pdf?sequence=1 see p.62.
Very little Confederate cotton reached Britain starting in 1862. Cotton from India partially made up for the deficiency in terms of quantity, and Egyptian cotton was competitive in terms of quality. But Calhoun tells the story much better than I can.