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By Dr. Jerry Thompson

In 1861 and 1862, within the giant deserts and rugged mountains of the Southwest, eighteen hundred miles from Washington and Richmond, the Civil warfare 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 construction of a accomplice empire within the Southwest. Of the Sibley Brigade's 16 significant battles in the course of the struggle, their so much excruciating reviews 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 individuals. famous Civil struggle pupil Jerry Thompson has edited and annotated eighteen episodes written by means of 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. together with his broad 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 consider in those targeted first-person reminiscences of a crusade that, had it succeeded, could have significantly altered the background of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.

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This may be set down as cause No. 1. We were ordered to rendezvous at San Antonio. 3 Many of the other troops, fully one-half of the brigade, was 4 w i l l i a m d av i d s o n similarly situated, and, owing to the scarcity of water, it was well-known that we had to travel or march in detachments anyhow, we ought to have been ordered to rendezvous at El Paso. But the excuse was that it was necessary to concentrate there in order to procure transportation and organize. They seemed to forget that one-half of the brigade had to come nearly as far as El Paso to get to San Antonio and they seemed to forget, too, that the brigade was composed of Texans inbred from their earliest boyhood to hardships, used to camping out and who would have thought nothing of taking their blankets, arms and provisions, and making the trip to El Paso, stopping occasionally at some of the posts they passed to replenish their supply of bread.

You haven’t seen anything yet to what you are going to see. I’ll tell you something else, too, Colonel Baylor is here. He’s just had a fight with the “Yanks” and his boys behaved splendidly. 22 Oh, I know you wish you were here. We’ll think of you tomorrow over our dinner. We’ll take a few mouthfuls for you, we’ll drink a little wine to your health, and when you get up, we’ll give you a good, big hearty cheer. This is the best we can do for you old 7th. Here we were united with Baylor’s Regiment (four companies) and Teel’s Battery, who were already up here when we were ordered to be organized.

The town called El Paso is on the Mexican side of the river and has about 10,000 inhabitants. Opposite to it on the American side of the river is the town of Franklin. At least this was the situation of affairs when we were there. Now, I have heard, they call both towns El Paso. Christmas morning dawned bright and clear. ] Sloneker, John D. 26 We immediately proceeded in the direction of the firing and soon met a squad of police. By this time several of the boys of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th had joined us.

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