From the back cover: Two armies entered southern New Mexico in 1862: the Confederate army led by Gen. H. H. Sibley and the California Column under Gen. James H. Carleton. The 2,350 volunteers of the Column marched east from California to expel the Confederates from New Mexico and secure the West for the Union. The Column veterans were the first large influx of Anglo settlers into the territory since 1848. They opened up five major mining districts, developed farms, ranches, and businesses, attracted investors and the railroad, and provided leadership for local and state political causes. In this history of their collective lives, we see how the veterans resolved problems of law and order, expansion and growth, and accommodation within a pluralist society. This rich, engrossing account combines military history, collective biography, frontier life, and Territorial politics. It will appeal to all interested in the people and events of that period in the American Southwest.
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Book Description University of New Mexico Press, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110826306381