Civil War in the Southwest: Recollections of the Sibley Brigade

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Jerry Thompson
Texas A&M University Press, 2001 - History - 195 pages
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In 1861 and 1862, in the vast deserts and rugged mountains of the Southwest, eighteen hundred miles from Washington and Richmond, the Civil War raged in a struggle that could have decided the fate of the nation.

In the summer and fall of 1861, Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley raised a brigade of young and zealous Texans to invade New Mexico Territory as a step toward the conquest of Colorado and California and the creation of a Confederate empire in the Southwest. Of the Sibley Brigade's sixteen major battles during the war, their most excruciating experiences came during the ill-fated New Mexico Campaign.

Civil War in the Southwest tells the dramatic story of that campaign in the words of some of the actual participants. Noted Civil War scholar Jerry Thompson has edited and annotated eighteen episodes written by William Lott "Old Bill" Davidson and six other members of Sibley's Brigade that were originally published in a small East Texas newspaper, the Overton Sharp Shooter, in 1887-88.

Written "to set the record straight," these veterans' stories provide colorful accounts of the bloody battles of Valverde, Glorieta, and Peralta, as well as details of the soldiers' tragic and painful retreat back to Texas in the summer of 1862. With his extensive knowledge of Sibley's campaign, Thompson has provided context for the eyewitness accounts-and corrections where needed-to produce a campaign history that is intimate and passionate, yet accurate in the smallest detail.

History readers will find much to ponder in these unique first-person recollections of a campaign that, had it succeeded, would have radically altered the history of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.

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Organization of the Sibley Brigade
The March to New Mexico
From El Paso to Valverde
Battle of Valverde
Battle of Valverde
Battle of Valverde
Battle of Valverde
Battle of Valverde
Battle of Glorieta
Santa Fe to Albuquerque and Peralta
Battle of Peralta
Retreat through the Mountains
Retreat through the Mountains
Dona Ana to San Antonio

Valverde to Socorro
From Valverde to Albuquerque
From Socorro to Glorieta
From Albuquerque to Glorieta

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JERRY THOMPSON is an award-winning author or editor of eighteen books on the history of the Southwest, including Confederate General of the West: Henry Hopkins Sibley. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of history at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, he holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie-Mellon University and serves as general editor of the Canseco-Keck History Series for Texas A&M University Press.

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