Banks Expedition (1863) Senate Reports – Civil War Louisiana


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Fraud. Banks Expedition. Vol XVIII. U. S. Senate

Octavo. Four parts, 1, 7, 381, 127 pages. Bound in half-leather with marbled boards in black and yellow.  All edges marbled.

  1. Bursting of Parrott Guns at the bombardment of Fort Fisher.
  2. Returns of Collectors of Customs, pursuant to the Act of 1796, for Relief and Protection of American Seamen
  3. Inquiry into the facts including brokerage in regard to the chartering of transport vessels for the Banks Expedition.
  4. Report of the Special Committee appointed to inquire into the facts relative to the chartering of transport vessels for the Banks expedition and the character of the men employed to navigate them.

Condition: Binding is worn, corners worn. Boards and spine are solid.  Some water staining on several pages. Light musty smell.

Four reports from senate investigations dates 1863-5 including information on the Banks Expedition.

“In November 1862, President Lincoln gave [General Nathanial P. Banks command of the Army of the Gulf, and asked him to organize a force of thirty thousand new recruits, drawn from New York and New England.” – Wikipedia

This Senate investigation is about the poor condition of the ships hired by the government to transport the troops from New York to New Orleans.