Civil War Series
2:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Political Generals

In part 128 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that Presidents Lincoln and Davis courted politicians by giving them high appointments in their armies. Though it made political sense, it usually created military calamity. Dr. Robertson provides Major General Nathaniel P. Banks as an example.

Union General Nathaniel Banks
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Major General Nathaniel P. Banks