Tag Archives: New Mexico

Symposium Spotlight: Phill Greenwalt Visits Fort Craig

With less than three months remaining until our symposium, several of our authors will further explore topics relating to their ‘What If’ theme. Today, Phill Greenwalt explores Fort Craig, New Mexico… In 1853, soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederates and Comancheros, Skullduggery and Double-Dealing in the Texas-New Mexico Borderlands

  “Skullduggery,” the word graces the cover and the third paragraph of the introduction to this detailed study that highlights a very niche component of the American Civil War and the frontier establishment of the American southwest. Authors and historians … Continue reading

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A Fight for “a Square Drink of Water”: The Battle of Valverde

ECW welcomes back guest author Patrick Kelly-Fischer After the war, W.P. Laughter, a private in the 2nd Texas Mounted Rifles, described the morning of the battle of Valverde: “As we were marching along with some glee at the prospect of getting … Continue reading

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BookChat with Richard Miller, author of John P. Slough

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new biography by Richard Miller, John P. Slough: The Forgotten Civil War General, published by the University of New Mexico Press (find out more about it here). Miller is the … Continue reading

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A Saintly Civil War Veteran: Brother Joseph Dutton

By the age of 40, former Union lieutenant Ira Barnes Dutton felt disgusted with how he had spent most of his twenties and thirties in sin. To atone for these misdeeds, he decided to devote his remaining years to helping … Continue reading

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The Abolition of Debt Peonage Slavery in New Mexico Territory, Part 2

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Ray Shortridge for Part 2 of his study on slavery in New Mexico territory during the antebellum and Civil War years. Click here to read Part 1. Initially, the influx of Americans into New Mexico … Continue reading

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The Abolition of Debt Peonage Slavery in New Mexico Territory, Part 1

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Ray Shortridge Red, white, and blue Texas Lone Star battle flags rippled in the sharp autumn wind as the Fourth Texas Mounted Infantry trotted west from San Antonio on October 23, 1861.[1] A few weeks … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Battles of Mesilla

Sometimes juxtapositions grab our attention and draw us to see connections. On a recent trip to New Mexico to visit family, my thoughts turned to the Confederate invasion of what was then the Arizona Territory. Living close to the Confederate … Continue reading

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Cathay Williams / William Cathey: Buffalo Soldier

My father was a freeman, but my mother was a slave, belonging to William Johnson, a wealthy farmer who lived at the time I was born near Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.[1] So begins the story of Ms. Cathay Williams, the … Continue reading

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