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Bloody Valverde: A Civil War Battle on the Rio Grande, February 21, 1862 Paperback – March 1, 1999
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"A lucid, gripping and authoritative new book." -- Rocky Mountain News
"A masterful and detailed account of the Battle of Valverde. . . the first such study to be published." -- New Mexico Magazine
"Bloody Valverde will benefit all readers interested in how these important events in the Rio Abajo affected New Mexico and, ultimately, the nation in 1862." -- Montana
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It is not intended to be ideal for an overview of the New Mexico Campaign, rather to cover this battle which was not well covered previously. Honestly the book was good enough to get me hooked on finding out more about the campaign.
One of the best parts about the book is that it includes a number of photos, sketches, and so forth that take you step by step thru the battle. It also includes tables of organization and equipment noting the Units involved, which is perfect for a Wargamer. As a Civil War Reenactor I do wish that more information had been provided on their actual equipment, but there are other books for that.
This book is an excellent military history--the author describes the pre- and post-battle jockeying, the key players in the battle, the weapons and tactics used throughout the day, and even the weather conditions. There are also good maps that show troop positions at several points during the battle.
Valverde was a Confederate victory, but Southern troops were ultimately forced to retreat from New Mexico when they lost their supply train at the Battle of Glorieta Pass in late March. Taylor tells the reader what later happened to many of the key players at Valverde, and there are even appendices with tables of company commanders and casualty lists.
The war's engagements in the Southwest were important but are overlooked by most. "Bloody Valverde" would be a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the Civil War in New Mexico.
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A well written account of a little known civil war battle in New Mexico. I've been to the battle site to get an idea what my great grandfather, Alden G. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JI
Excellent book on the cival war in New Mexico. Lots of good informationPublished 15 months ago by Brent Knoll