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When the Texans Came

Missing Records from the Civil War in the Southwest, 1861-1862

John P. Wilson (author) John P. Wilson (author)

ISBN: 9780826322906

Publication Date: Oct 2001

Format: Hardback

The reports and letters brought to light by John P. Wilson in this remarkable collection offer new perspectives on the Civil War in the West. The 282 letters, song lyrics, casualty lists, intelligence dispatches, transcripts of witness testimony, newspaper accounts, and official reports of battles that appear here build upon the massive anthology of Civil War documentation.
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The reports and letters brought to light by John P. Wilson in this remarkable collection offer new perspectives on the Civil War in the West. He documents, for example, the activities of Kit Carson, William Brady, and other well known figures whose roles in the Civil War have been incompletely understood; highlights for the first time the dedicated service of native New Mexican officers; unravels the sophisticated espionage (and the brutal executions of suspected spies) carried out by both sides; demonstrates how this national drama took place against the backdrop of ongoing Indian Wars - with the Apaches, the Navajos, and even the Kiowas - that ensnared both Union and Confederate armies; and elucidates the unprecedented ways in which the conflict militarised the Southwest for decades. The 282 letters, song lyrics, casualty lists, intelligence dispatches, transcripts of witness testimony, newspaper accounts, and official reports of battles that appear here build upon the massive anthology of Civil War documentation first published in War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (128 volumes, 1881-1901). Wilson's book supplements that source by including previously unavailable materials that historians, scholars, students, and Civil War buffs will find invaluable and intriguing.
Illustrations b&w photos
Pages 360
Date Published 30 Oct 2001
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   History of the Americas   Social & cultural history   Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700   American Civil War  
Prelude: a Confederate assessment of New Mexico in 1861 1 document -- Southern New Mexico, June-July 1861 (Union correspondence) 22 documents -- Headquarters and northern district correspondence, June-July 1861 (Union) 18 documents -- Headquarters and Fort Union correspondence, August 1861 (Union) 53 documents -- The retreat from Arizona, July-August 1861 (Union) 2 documents -- Headquarters and southern district correspondence, August-December 1861 (Union) 38 documents -- Confederate correspondence, July-December 1861 14 documents -- Rio Bonito and Manzano theater, August 1861-January 1862 (Union and Confederate) 19 documents -- Southern Arizona, August 1861-August 1862 (Union and Confederate) 17 documents -- Confederate correspondence, January-April 1862 9 documents -- Headquarters and other correspondence, January-March 1862 (Union) 38 documents -- Baylor's raid on Corralitos, February 1862 (Confederate and Mexican correspondence) 6 documents -- The Battle of Valverde, February 1862 (Union and Confederate) 5 documents -- Apache Pass and Glorieta, March 1862 (Union and Confederate) 5 documents -- Headquarters and southern district correspondence, April-August 1862 (Union) 21 documents -- Confederate correspondence, May-July 1862 14 documents.
John P Wilson earned his doctorate at Harvard University. He worked as an archaeologist at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, and during this time excavated at old Fort Fillmore near Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico.

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