Summary of Content: Typed and signed as a true copy by Albert L. Mills as First Lieutenant and Adjutant First Cavalry. Banks informs Colonel Brisbin that ”while many Officers are censured or praised without sufficient reason for their services in the Red River Campaign, I am glad, that you should get just credit for what you did which was of service to the country and honorable to yourself. ” These typewritten copies date to circa 1887-1891 based on Mill’s rank and assignment at the time.
Background: The Red River campaign, led by Union Major General Nathaniel P. Banks and Confederate Major General Richard Taylor, was fought from 10 March to 22 May 1864 along the Red River in Louisiana. The Red River campaign was a Union failure and ended Banks’ military career.