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The Civil War in the Western Territories: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah Paperback – September 15, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (September 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806119020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806119021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mr. Colton sets out to show that the Civil War was by no means fought entirely east of the Missouri. He does so successfully and with such enthusiasm, indeed, that you almost forget there were stirring doings elsewhere.”—New York Times

About the Author

Ray C. Colton was Professor of Continuing Education at Brigham Young University; retired of the Institute of Religion, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, University of California at Los Angeles.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Coffey on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was the second book I had found on the American Civil War in the Southwest United States. I wish I had discovered it when I was in grade school when it was originally published, and I lived in Albuquerque.

Of the various books I own on the subject, I recommend this one as the most concise over-view of the little discussed battles in Arizona and New Mexico. While not the easiest read, it is the best of its weight.

He covers not just the actions against the Confederates, but also against the American Indians who took advantage of the displaced regular army units pulled back east to cause some havoc. This book covers the major battles, and touches on the associated skirmishes. It does not delve into too many of the personalities and their reasons, but it does address a number of them. Nor does it cover the variety of ethnic issues that were present in this campaign.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Richards on April 25, 2000
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This book was a very interesting one. I liked the fact that Colton covered several different conflict that happened during the Civil War. In the first chapter he gives some background on eac of the territories. In chapet two he talkes about the Confederat action in each of these states. Chapter three gives some background on the troops fron Colorado. The chapter that really impressed me was chapter seven, this chapter was about the effect the indians had on the War.In the last chapter he puts some closure to what the states did after the War. There was one thing that I did not like about the book and that was the way he used names in this book. Everytime he used a name he would use the full name for example Lieutnant colonel Edward R. Eyrethe first time and after that he could have said Lieutenant Colonel Eyre. This made me very frustrated having to read the long name every time. Overall this book worked for me. I liked the structure of this book. He used some good maps and photos of some of the individuals that were talked about in the book. I would reccommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Civil War in the West.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By impasko on February 20, 2012
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I used this book to write a paper for a Civil War class. I only got a B-, but that was no fault of the book. It contained excellent detail, and was a great tool to me as i worked on this history paper. I would def recommend to anyone interested in that chapter of the civil war.
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