By Dr. Jerry Thompson

In 1861 and 1862, within the large deserts and rugged mountains of the Southwest, eighteen hundred miles from Washington and Richmond, the Civil conflict raged in a fight that can have determined the destiny of the nation.

in the summertime and fall of 1861, Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley raised a brigade of younger and zealous Texans to invade New Mexico Territory as a step towards the conquest of Colorado and California and the production of a accomplice empire within the Southwest. Of the Sibley Brigade's 16 significant battles in the course of the struggle, their such a lot excruciating reports got here throughout the ill-fated New Mexico Campaign.

Civil conflict within the Southwest tells the dramatic tale of that crusade within the phrases of a few of the particular members. famous Civil battle student Jerry Thompson has edited and annotated eighteen episodes written through William Lott "Old invoice" Davidson and 6 different individuals of Sibley's Brigade that have been initially released in a small East Texas newspaper, the Overton Sharp Shooter, in 1887-88.

Written "to set the checklist straight," those veterans' tales offer colourful debts of the bloody battles of Valverde, Glorieta, and Peralta, in addition to info of the warriors' tragic and painful retreat again to Texas in the summertime of 1862. along with his huge wisdom of Sibley's crusade, Thompson has supplied context for the eyewitness accounts-and corrections the place needed-to produce a crusade heritage that's intimate and passionate, but exact within the smallest detail.

historical past readers will locate a lot to give some thought to in those specific first-person memories of a crusade that, had it succeeded, could have notably altered the background of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.

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