In this first book-length account of the Civil War in Arizona, Andrew E. Masich chronicles the all-but-forgotten story of the California Column, volunteer soldiers who served in the U.S. Army from 1861 to 1866 and played a key role in creating and shaping Arizona Territory.
The Civil War in Arizona is divided into two parts: a lively narrative history of the California Column in wartime Arizona, followed by a rare compilation of letters--originally published in the popular newspaper Alta California--written by the volunteer soldiers themselves. Enriched by Masich's meticulous annotation, these letters provide firsthand testimony of the grueling desert conditions the soldiers endured as they fought on many fronts, not the least of which was an uncaring army command structure preoccupied with war in the East.
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Andrew E. Masich is President and CEO of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Pennsylvania. He previously served as a museum director in Arizona and Colorado and is the coauthor of two books, Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat and Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent.Review:
"Riveting--a provocative study of human conflict and development that is both relevant and exceedingly well written." -- Civil War Book Review
"...a valuable study of the California volunteers' service in Arizona during the Civil War." -- Blue & Gray Magazine
"...an excellent history of a neglected topic and will be of especial interest to students of the Civil War in the West and Western history in general." -- The Civil War News
"Would that all histories could blend source materials with historical reviews so smoothly! The letters clearly depict conditions, experiences and observations, while the survey provides needed background for those without extensive Civil War history behind them." -- The Midwest Book Review
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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110806137479
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0806137479
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0806137479 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0467799
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0806137479