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

By Dr. Jerry Thompson

In 1861 and 1862, within the great deserts and rugged mountains of the Southwest, eighteen hundred miles from Washington and Richmond, the Civil battle raged in a fight which 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 throughout the warfare, their such a lot excruciating reviews got here through the ill-fated New Mexico Campaign.

Civil struggle within the Southwest tells the dramatic tale of that crusade within the phrases of a few of the particular members. famous Civil warfare student Jerry Thompson has edited and annotated eighteen episodes written through William Lott "Old invoice" Davidson and 6 different participants 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 list straight," those veterans' tales offer colourful money owed of the bloody battles of Valverde, Glorieta, and Peralta, in addition to information of the warriors' tragic and painful retreat again to Texas in the summertime of 1862. together 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 targeted first-person reminiscences of a crusade that, had it succeeded, could have appreciably altered the heritage of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.

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It was hoped we could move secretly and rapidly from Texas and capture the different forts, take those arms, and leaving a sufficient force to hold those territories, move across into Missouri, reinforce [Maj. Gen. Sterling] Price, and go on to join Gen. Robert E. 1 The plan was feasible as there were not then a thousand United States troops in these territories, and they were scattered and divided among the different forts. Had this plan been carried out, the result of the war might have been very different, for we would have had the services of some brave men that we did not get.

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. They were finely mounted, well armed, splendidly supplied with blankets, their whole outfit perfect and complete, three thousand of the noblest sons Texas ever had, all in good health and fine spirits and all eager for the fray.

I felt (and all the other boys felt the same way) hungry enough for the past month. Men may cheerfully live on half-rationing, still hunger is still constantly growing at my bowels. About one o’clock, Slater woke up just as Kindred’s horse swallowing the last piece of his soap. Kindred’s horse did not seem to know the difference between soap and corn, and while this may seem strange yet all of Company A, 5th Texas, will tell you that they saw that horse eat soap seemingly with as much relish as he does corn.

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