Civil War in the Southwest: Recollections of the Sibley by Dr. Jerry Thompson

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By Dr. Jerry Thompson

In 1861 and 1862, within the sizeable deserts and rugged mountains of the Southwest, eighteen hundred miles from Washington and Richmond, the Civil battle 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 battle, their so much excruciating reports got here in the course of the ill-fated New Mexico Campaign.

Civil battle within the Southwest tells the dramatic tale of that crusade within the phrases of a few of the particular members. famous Civil conflict student Jerry Thompson has edited and annotated eighteen episodes written via 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 supply 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 historical past that's intimate and passionate, but actual within the smallest detail.

background readers will locate a lot to think about in those specific first-person reminiscences of a crusade that, had it succeeded, may have notably altered the background of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.

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Near night I came back on the American side of the river. The advance of the 7th was just getting in, and the whole brigade was in a terrible state of excitement. Threats loud and deep were frequent to go over and burn the town, but owing to the fact that the South and especially Texas, was then in no condition to raise a rumpus with Mexico, better counsel prevailed. Platner died on the 26th. January 1, 1862, found the whole brigade together and ready to start by regiments up the Rio Grande, but it was some time (51 days) before we had any fighting.

1 The space between this ravine and the river is some 200 yards at the upper end, then gradually widening until where the river reaches the hills on the west side, it is about 1,000 yards, then gradually gets more narrow until opposite the mesa it is about 300 yards. Our line, on February 21, 1862, was formed along this ravine from the upper end, about 200 yards from the river, our left resting against the foot of this mesa, which, from the valley side, is almost perpendicular but is easily climbed from the mountain side.

John] Reily’s section of artillery, then the 5th Regiment, Colonel Thomas Green commanding, then Lt. 1 The order was read directing them to take up the line of march, and such a cheer as rent the air was never heard before along the Salado. At last we were to have a chance to contribute our share in covering the Confederate arms with glory. The next day we marched to San Antonio. There were thirty companies of cavalry, the finest dressed and equipped body of men that ever left this or any other state.

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