By Dr. Jerry Thompson
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 conflict, their such a lot excruciating stories got here through the ill-fated New Mexico Campaign.
Civil warfare 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 via 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 supply colourful bills 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 wide 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 exact within the smallest detail.
historical past readers will locate a lot to think about in those distinct first-person reminiscences of a crusade that, had it succeeded, may have noticeably altered the background of the Southern Confederacy and the United States.
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The 5th Regiment with Lieutenant Fulcrod’s section of artillery was to follow one day in the rear of the 4th Regiment. 3rd. The 7th Regiment with Lieutenant Wood’s section of artillery was to follow one day in rear of the 5th Regiment. But as each regiment had about thirty wagons with six mules to each, the line of march was such that water and grass could not be had in sufﬁcient quantities for so large a body of men and horses and the regiments were afterwards subdivided into three detachments each and in that way the march was conducted to El Paso.
As the boom of our cannon reached our ears the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th greeted it with a yell that must have sent a chill to the hearts of the boys in blue. Lieutenant Fulcrod, superintending in person the ﬁring, began to ﬁre as fast as he could, every shot striking near the enemy as we judged, while their shots passed high above us. After passing a few rounds, the Yanks limbered up and went back to the fort. The result of this ﬁring, as we afterwards learned, was the killing of one man and wounding of six others on the Federal side.
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. I was the only one who could talk Spanish and had to act as spokesman. When we met them they had Platner in the agonies of death the march to new mexico 15 with eighteen bullets in him, thrown across a Mexican burro like a dead hog, taking him to the calaboose. We made them take him off the burro and put him on a mattress, when they took him on to the calaboose, we going with them.