Gen. Banks concern about gambling, New Orleans, 1863


Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, commander of the Union Department of the Gulf, wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana about a gambling house in New Orleans that was "frequented by a large number of officers of the Army."

Banks wrote that most of the visitors to the gambling establishment "wear the uniform of the United States." He reported that a lieutenant had lost $300 in one night.

Banks told Shepley that the "reputation and the interest of the government require that these places shall be closed."

Shepley, a native of Maine, joined the 12th Maine Regiment as it commander in November 1861 and was soon named commander of the 3rd Brigade. He then became military commandant of New Orleans and military governor of Louisiana.


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