Nathaniel Banks telegram on Opelousas, 1863
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Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, commander of the Department of the Gulf for the Union Army, sent a telegram to Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, telling him the army would soon be at Opelousas, Louisiana, and asking Shepley to meet the troops there. Union forces occupied Opelousas and Banks wanted to have the presence of the military governor when the troops completed their occupation.