The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1959 - History - 230 pages
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Between 1861 and 1865 the violent struggles of the Civil War extended into the Western Territories, where they were complicated by the involvement of the Indians. The Confederate leaders had planned to annex a corridor from the Rio Grande in Texas to the California coast. Thus they would have had a pathway to the Pacific Ocean, areas rich in minerals, new territory for the expansion of slavery, and valuable military stores and equipment. They soon found that the land was more difficult to conquer than they had anticipated. The people of the Western Territories for the most part remained loyal to the Union, and the Confederate vision of empire failed to materialize.

The emphasis in this book is on the Union campaigns against the Confederates and the Indians who sought to take advantage of the confusion of the Civil War. Yet it is also shown that the Western Territories came of age as a result of the conflict. When the Confederate invasion had been repelled, the Union leaders undertook vigorous campaigns for extermination or settlement of the Indians on reservations. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all acquired their present boundaries and patterns of state government during the Civil War period.



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Review: The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

User Review  - Derek Wilmott - Goodreads

This was a good overview of the fighting and politics in the Four Corners states. The reader is left wanting more in the story of the ACW in the Southwest. Read full review

Review: The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

User Review  - Sean McLachlan - Goodreads

The Civil War in the Far West--New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah--is the least studied theater of the war. Having lived there I find that strange because those years redefined the borders of all ... Read full review


War Clouds Over the West
Confederate Invasion
Colorado to the Rescue
Glorieta the Gettysburg of the West
Confederates in Retreat
California to the Rio Grande
Indian Campaigns
Political Developments

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Ray C. Colton is Professor of Continuing Education in Brigham Young University and retired of the Institute of Religion, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the University of California at Los Angeles.

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