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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1ST edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826321488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826321480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A fast-paced narrative of events that unfolded on 21 February 1862." -- New Mexico Historical Review

"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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The first complete account of the largest battle in New Mexico, and a turning point in the Civil War in the West.

More About the Author

John M. Taylor retired as the Manager of the Integrated Technologies and Systems Strategic Management Group Support Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He has a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University and was a member of Sandia's Technical and Management Staff from 1975-2010. During that tenure, he published over 50 technical reports and papers. Prior to coming to Sandia he was assigned as Reactor Controls Officer on the USS Nautilus (SSN571). He served as the Science Advisor to the START Delegation in Geneva and as the DOE liaison to the State Department for the implementation of the post-Desert Storm cease-fire resolutions. He is the author or co-author of seven books: two on Catholicism in central New Mexico ("Dejad a Los Niños, published by LPD Press, and "Catholics Along the Rio Grande, published by Arcadia Press), two on the Civil War in New Mexico ("Bloody Valverde" and "The Battle of Glorieta Pass," both published by UNM Press), an anthology of stories from Valencia County ("Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in the Rio Abajo"--co-authored with Richard Melzer), one on the science of soccer ("The Science of Soccer--a Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick," UNM Press), and one on a high school in southern California ("The Thacher School," Arcadia Press). In addition, he has published numerous articles in various books and journals on Civil War, Catholic history, and soccer topics. He is married to Lynn and has four daughters and two granddaughters.

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I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War in the Western Territories.
Mark Longstroth
Honestly the book was good enough to get me hooked on finding out more about the campaign.
Jason Coffey
There are also good maps that show troop positions at several points during the battle.
Eric Mayforth

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Fischer on March 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Most people, even serious Civil War historians often overlook the fact that the Confederate Armies captured Santa Fe! Or that entire battles were fought that far west! "Bloddy Valverde" is an amazingly detailed account of my favorite battle. This, the biggest battle of the campaign is won of the most interesting of the war! from Graysons comical attempt to used mules as a primitive guided smart bomb to the amount of federal regulars involved, the types of ordnance, a lance charge defeated by a Napoleonic square till the turning point...a dismounted shotgun charge against the federal batteries! This is the single most detailed book of thie battle, breaking down the events to almost every 30 minutes. The research and depth is amazing...many myths and misconceptions of this battle are cleared up. Just when you think you know everything about the American Civil War this comes along!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Longstroth on March 23, 2007
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This is an excellent account of the early campaign in the Rio Grande Valley and the Confederacy's attempt to secure part of the Western Territories. Valverde was the first and largest battle of the campaign and a surprising southern victory allowed Sibley's Army of New Mexico to occupy most of the New Mexico Territory. Taylor makes good use of maps to discribe the action as units arrive on the field piecemeal and are thrown into the fight. Taylor includes diagrams of unit organizations and has a large appendix analyzing unit strenghts and losses and also discusses whether this Southern victory was really a strategic defeat. There are extensive notes at the end where Taylor discusses discrepencies in original accounts. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War in the Western Territories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Coffey on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I bought on the American Civil War in the Southwest United States. I had the fortune of being in Albuquerque, NM when it was released, and stumbled upon his book signing at a Borders Books.

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.
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