The Military Occupation of the Territory of New Mexico from 1846 to 1851: Facsimile of Original 1909 Edition

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Sunstone Press, 2007 - History - 416 pages
The author, in his introduction to the 1909 edition of this book, referring to the war with Mexico in the New Mexico Territory, says: "Here is presented to the student a wonderful field of historic research. The American Occupation period has been chosen as the one most easily described, and, at the same time, one of the most interesting in the history of the American people, containing, as it does, the deeds of men who won the West, men whose courage, devotion to country and true citizenship enabled them to accomplish the greatest military achievement of modern times, a single regiment of citizen soldiers, marching nearly six thousand miles through five states of a foreign nation, living off the resources of the invaded country, almost annihilating a powerful army, conquering and treating with powerful Indian tribes, and, returning home, graced with the trophies of victory, all with the loss of less than a hundred men." The author hoped that the book, with its many illustrations, would instill "lessons of patriotism, honor, valor and love of country." Ralph Emerson Twitchell was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County. Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory's case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico's first state flag in 1915. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell's death in 1925: "As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient."
 

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Contents

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17
Organization of the Army of the West Under
38
CHAPTER III
95
Cannon Captured at Battle of Sacramento
110
Battle of TaosDeath of Captain Burgwin
130
Fight at Las Vegas
143
Portrait of Gen S W Kearny
202
Portrait of Willard P Hall
237
Grave of Carson at Taos
281
Portrait of David Waldo
322
Portrait of John W Reid 345
345
Portrait of Richard Hanson Weightman
380
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Ralph Emerson Twitchell, who went by Ralph E. Twitchell, (1859-1925) was an American historian, mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and chairman of the Rio Grande Commission, which drafted a treaty between the United States and Mexico leading to the building of the Elephant Butte Dam in his state. Twitchell helped organize the first National Irrigation Congress in 1891. For forty-three years he was a member of the legal department of the Santa Fe Railroad. He was prosecuting attorney for Santa Fe County and special counsel for the U.S. Department of the Interior dealing with Native American and water-rights cases. He died August 25, 1925, at the age of 68 in Los Angeles, California.

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