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[233] Green high praise, declaring that he seized, in a masterly manner, the exact moment when a heavy blow could be given. Taylor had already frequently commended the gallant Texan, and protested that he was left unable to say any more except that he exceeded expectations, which had been thought impossible. ‘This officer,’ continued Taylor, ‘has within the past few months commanded In three successful engagements, on the Lafourche, on the Fordoche, and near Opelousas, two of which were won against heavy odds. His sphere of usefulness should be enlarged by his promotion to major-general. He is now commanding a division of cavalry, and I respectfully urge that he be promoted.’ Subsequently, Green was transferred with his division to meet the invasion of the Rio Grande country by the expedition under Banks, and was promoted to major-general early in 1864. Called again to Louisiana, when Texas was threatened by the Red river expedition, he commanded the cavalry corps at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill with great distinction, and, pursuing the enemy, lost his life at Blair's landing, April 12, 1863. Major-General Banks, commanding the Federal army, in his report to General Sherman, said: ‘General Green was killed by the fire of the gunboats on the 12th; he was the ablest officer in their service.’

Brigadier-General Elkanah Greer

Brigadier-General Elkanah Greer entered the Confederate army in the Third Texas cavalry, of which he was commissioned colonel on the 1st of July, 1861. His first battle was that of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. Here Colonel Greer proved well his fitness for command. In October, Governor Jackson sent him as the bearer of a note to President Davis at Richmond, writing in the way of introduction, ‘The bearer of this note, Colonel Greer, of Texas, is probably better known to you than myself, but I know him well and can say of him, that he is a gentleman worthy of the highest confidence.’

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