Talk:Nathaniel P. Banks

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Erm, the article title is Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, but the article text claims this spelling is incorrect. Google searches for Nathaniel Prentiss Banks and Nathaniel Prentice Banks do not resolve the situation, though the former seems to be more frequent. Can anyone come up with an authoritative spelling? --Saforrest 15:32, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

I'm moving it to Nathaniel PRENTICE Banks. The US Congress Biographical Database has that spelling, so we should probably go with that. --ScottyBoy900Q 04:54, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Nickname:banks/boobin boy

Reference tag[edit]

I removed the refimprove tag. When an article gets to a certain stage, and has references, the Wikipedia practice is not to apply a vague blanket tag but to address an issue or issues. If there are particular issues please use [citation needed] or this talk page so particular improvements can be addressed. Otr500 (talk) 00:00, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Vague writing[edit]

Under the section Siege of Port Hudson there is vague and confusing writing. There may be some use of time specific language but any attempted interpretation would simply be conjecture. "When the Confederates reduced their garrison at Port Hudson, Louisiana, on the Mississippi, he invested that place in May 1863. Two attempts to carry the works by storm during the Siege of Port Hudson, as at Vicksburg, were dismal failures."

  • The information, "..he invested that place.." may be a misspelling to mean invaded? I have no idea what, "Two attempts to carry the works by storm..." actually means. If the contributing editor can not respond, with meaning and clarification, this will have to be removed. Otr500 (talk) 14:09, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
I didn't add the material in question, but Investment is in fact a military term, meaning to blockade and/or lay siege to. "Carry by storm", similarly, refers to an attempt to end the siege by assault. That whole paragraph is written with sufficient archaicism that it may have been copied from a 19th century source. Magic♪piano 14:39, 7 May 2013 (UTC)