102Southwestern Historical QuarterlyJuly historical contribution not only in writing the definitive biography of a prominent Southern leader but also in his detailed discussion of the political and cultural universe within which that leader lived. Texas State UniversityAngela F Murphy Dhtant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico. By Flint Whitlock. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2006. Pp. 314. Foreword, maps, illustrations, acknowledgments, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 087081835. $29.95, cloth.) The oudines of the Confederate attempt to occupy New Mexico are familiar to most students of the American Civil War. In autumn 1861 a Confederate brigade of three Texas regiments commanded by Brig. Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley left San Antonio, rode across West Texas, and in early 1862 moved up the Rio Grande into New Mexico Territory. During the next four months several battles were fought as Sibley's brigade moved northward. After occupying Albuquerque and Santa Fe and batding Colorado militia at Glorieta Pass east of Santa Fe, the Confederates were forced to retreat back into Texas because of lack of supplies. Although the New Mexico campaign was small in numbers (no more than seven thousand men for Union and Confederate forces combined)
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 6, 2007
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