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 Posted: Sat Sep 29th, 2007 08:45 pm
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If you're looking for info about spies in the Western Theater, I might recommend "The Confederate Veteran" if you can get a copy.  I have a story about a 15 year old boy whose father was serving in the CSA while he stayed with an elderly doctor in Natchitoches(?).

It seems that Banks was advancing, and was coming by Pleasant Hill and Mansfield.  The boy made a ride to Taylor's headquarters; that was it - just a ride.  He was given no message, as they didn't want him to be subjected to the "damn Yankees":D.  The message for Taylor was plain as day, though.  The message was on the shirt (Nankeen brown cotton).  He would wear a shirt with braid if Banks came to the north of the Red River, but would wear a plain shirt if they came by way of Mansfield.

Taylor got the message; the boy was never in danger.  Banks got defeated at Mansfield, Chapman's Orchard, and Pleasant Hill.




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