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In the latter days of the Civil War, the lifeline of the South was made up of wagon trains loaded with cotton bound for the neutral ports of Mexico to avoid the Union blockade. This cotton, traded for gold or hard foreign currency, fueled the hungry looms of Europe, kept the Confederacy solvent, and enriched the diligent merchants of Matamoros, known as the "Baghdad on the Gulf." These merchants were Mexicans, Rebels, Yankees and Europeans, all drawn there by the promise of easy, bountiful, and devious profits.
Mexican outlaws attack and decimate one of the wagon trains, leaving the responsibility for delivering the gold to Confederate headquarters to three enlisted men. The war ends before they accomplish their mission, and the gold they hide becomes a magnet attracting dangerous men from all sides.
They take refuge in la brasada, a crescent of brushland wilderness between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. It is here that Lance Morgan is determined to build an empire of land and cattle, fighting off thieves, killers, and crooked officials.
George Gibson is a fellow trooper, a Tennessee backwoodsman who is normally content to follow Lance's lead but can have a hard head of his own when it involves right and wrong.
Santiago, a vicious bandit chief, becomes a powerful force in the region. He has sworn eternal hatred for Lance and his family.
Mike, the former Morgan family slave, adjusts to life as a free man, learning to make his own decisions and teaching Lance that loyalty can be freely given but never forced.
Arabela, beautiful and talented owner of a Mexican cantina, gives Lance his first taste of tender and passionate love.
Scotty MacDuff, a Scottish immigrant who fought at San Jacinto, offers Lance and his friends a refuge when it is a matter of life and death.
Erin MacDuff is Scotty's wife. She is a woman of culture and refinement with a backbone of steel who finds her pacifist sentiments sorely tested by the events of place and time.
Colleen MacDuff is the pretty and vivacious daughter, having her own goals and priorities.
Bain MacDuff is Colleen's brother who longs for adventure and a chance to serve his country whether in army uniform or behind a badge.
Stir them all together in a hard and unforgiving land and they become the windstorm of action that sweeps across the BRASADA.
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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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