The Battle of Glorieta: Union Victory in the West
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The Battle of Glorieta: Union Victory in the West

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On the morning of March 26, 1862, Confederate and Union armies met in Glorieta Pass in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. A series of skirmishes, jockeying for position, and a pitched battle on March 28 took a heavy toll on both sides and left the Rebels under Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley apparently victorious over Gen. John P. Slough's troops. However, the tide turned when Union soldiers under Col. John Chivington located the Confederate supply train and destroyed it. Without supplies, replacement arms, and ammunition, the Rebel troops could not maintain themselves against the still strong Federal forces in the area. After a few additional skirmishes, the dispirited and disorganized Rebels straggled back to Texas. The Confederate quest for expansion into the Southwest was abandoned. The Battle of Glorieta, some twenty miles southeast of Santa Fe, marked the Rebels' farthest advance northward in the Far West, just as the encounter at Gettysburg the following year would define their farthest significant northward penetration in the eastern theater. The Battle of Glorieta: Union Victory in the West offers the first full, detailed, and accurate history of this blind, groping struggle in the smoke-filled Glorieta valley. The definitive work on the battle, it includes not only the Confederate organization and approach to the key battle, but also that of the Federal military units as they organized within New Mexico and Colorado Territories. It incorporates for the first time under one cover all the known Union participant accounts, including a number never before published. Based on his own research on the battlefield, Don E. Alberts also presents a thorough understanding of the deployment of troops and their actions. Alberts reveals, with rigorous supporting evidence, a whole new site for the Battle of Apache Canyon, miles from that previously described. From his field research and discovery of artifacts, he details the exact complement of both Confederate and Federal artillery. Finally, he marshals evidence to reach the startling, yet now inevitable, conclusion that the Battle of Glorieta was indeed a clear and significant Union victory.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w photos., 2 line drawings., 6 maps.
  • 1585441007
  • 9781585441006
  • 2,410,518

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The high Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico seem an unlikely site for a desperate Civil War battle, but on March 28, 1862, the army of Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley, seeking to conquer the West for the Confederacy but dangerously short of supplies, fought Federal forces in a costly battle at Glorieta Pass.The Rebels were victorious until Federal cavalry under Col. John Chivington unexpectedly found the Confederate supply train and destroyed it, leaving the Southern soldiers isolated and nearly defenseless. After a few additional skirmishes, the hungry, dispirited, and disorganized Rebels straggled back to Texas and abandoned their quest for expansion into the Southwest.The definitive work on the battle, Don E. Albert's The Battle of Glorieta: Union Victory in the West offers a detailed history of this blind, groping struggle in the smoke-filled valley. Based on documentary and archaeological evidence, The Battle of Glorieta presents both the Confederate and Federal military organization and approach to the battle, incorporates all known Union participant accounts, and details the exact complement of both Confederate and Federal artillery.Alberts also reveals, with rigorous supporting evidence, a whole new site for the Battle of Apache Canyon and reaches the startling, yet now inevitable, conclusion that the Battle of Glorieta was indeed a clear and significant Union victory.show more

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"This very excellent, long-awaited study is the work of Don E. Alberts who, if there were the position of Dean, Civil War Studies in Northern New Mexico, should assume that mantle". -- Journal of Southern Historyshow more

About Don E. Alberts

DONALD S. FRAZIER is professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and author of Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest, published by Texas A&M University Press. His other works include Cottonclads: The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast, an edited work; The U.S. and Mexico at War: Nineteenth Century Expansionism and Conflict, and Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland 1780-1880 and The Texas You Expect: The Story of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, works he co-authored. |Don E. Alberts, a professional historian working in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, has published three books and many articles on military and Civil War history. A former professor and retired chief historian for Kirtland Air Force Base, he served as consulting historian to the 1987 archaeological dig that recovered the remains of Civil War soldiers killed in the Battle of Glorieta.show more

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