The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

The Civil War in the Western Territories Arizona Colorado New Mexico and Utah Between and the violent struggles of the Civil War extended into the Western Territories where they were complicated by the involvement of the Indians The Confederate leaders had planned to

  • Title: The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah
  • Author: Ray Charles Colton
  • ISBN: 9780806119021
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Between 1861 and 1865 the violent struggles of the Civil War extended into the Western Territories, where they were complicated by the involvement of the Indians The Confederate leaders had planned to annex a corridor from the Rio Grande in Texas to the California coast Thus they would have had a pathway to the Pacific Ocean, areas rich in minerals, new territory for theBetween 1861 and 1865 the violent struggles of the Civil War extended into the Western Territories, where they were complicated by the involvement of the Indians The Confederate leaders had planned to annex a corridor from the Rio Grande in Texas to the California coast Thus they would have had a pathway to the Pacific Ocean, areas rich in minerals, new territory for the expansion of slavery, and valuable military stores and equipment They soon found that the land was difficult to conquer than they had anticipated The people of the Western Territories for the most part remained loyal to the Union, and the Confederate vision of empire failed to materialize.The emphasis in this book is on the Union campaigns against the Confederates and the Indians who sought to take advantage of the confusion of the Civil War Yet it is also shown that the Western Territories came of age as a result of the conflict When the Confederate invasion had been repelled, the Union leaders undertook vigorous campaigns for extermination or settlement of the Indians on reservations Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all acquired their present boundaries and patterns of state government during the Civil War period.

    One thought on “The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah”

    1. high level primer of both civil war and indian battles of the western territories and of the political changes which came about as a result.

    2. The Civil War in the Far West--New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah--is the least studied theater of the war. Having lived there I find that strange because those years redefined the borders of all the states and created Arizona. Colton's classic study has been around since 1959 and it still makes useful reading today.Colton gives a relatively brief (209 page) description of the conflict in this region, focusing on the military aspects. A long final chapter goes into politics, but those seeki [...]

    3. Ray Colton has written a good and detailed history of the Civil War in the territories of the US during the Civil War. 99% of the Civil War is focused In The eastern and Midwestern theatre, however it was also fought in the Rockies and the southwestern desert as well. Though none of the battles were fought on the brigade and corps level, there were many skirmishes where more than a few lives were lost especially at Glorieta Pass. Mr. Colton explains the history of the Union and Confederate Armie [...]

    4. The author restricted this book to only four of the Transmississippi's territories: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. A little more than half of the book covers the only major military campaign in the region, the 1861-1862 New Mexico Campaign. It covers the campaign well (but briefly), although it could have used more and better maps; there were only four maps in this section, three of which were adapted from the Battles and leaders of the Civil War series, and none showed any tactical de [...]

    5. When history books discuss the Western theatre of the Civil War, they restrict the discussion to the Mississippi corrador; too little is said about the fighting in thC four corner states. Not only was territory at stake so was the tons of Colorado and Nevada silver both sides desperately needed to finance the war.

    6. This was a good overview of the fighting and politics in the Four Corners states. The reader is left wanting more in the story of the ACW in the Southwest.

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