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The story of Brasada started with two faint marks on the ground near Eagle Pass, Texas that could be seen only in an aerial photo. They went over the landscape and trailed down into the Rio Grande. I learned that they were the remnants of a trail laid down by wagons of cotton toward the close of the War Between the States called Operation Algadon. This cotton, shipped into Mexico and down the river to waiting ships of foreign registry, fueled the hungry looms of Europe and New England, enriched the merchants involved and kept the Confederacy solvent. It also turned the area into a bloody zone of unprecedented violence. That is the background for this book which outlines how some men and women met the challenges of this time and place.About the Author:
Don Johnson knows firsthand the locale of this action-packed and fast-paced story. He owned and operated a cattle and horse ranch in the Texas brushland wilderness, la brasada, at El Indio about eighteen miles south of Eagle Pass. The ranch bordered the Rio Grande for nine miles. The house sat on a bluff at the edge of the river. There were nine neighbors in Mexico closer than the nearest one in Texas. During the Civil War, wagons loaded with cotton left deep ruts while traveling across the ranch into Mexico. The tracks are visible to this day.
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