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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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“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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Second Printing edition (September 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806119020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806119021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Ray Colton has written a good and detailed history of the Civil War in the territories of the US during the Civil War. 99% of the Civil War is focused In The eastern and Midwestern theatre, however it was also fought in the Rockies and the southwestern desert as well. Though none of the battles were fought on the brigade and corps level, there were many skirmishes where more than a few lives were lost especially at Glorieta Pass. Mr. Colton explains the history of the Union and Confederate Armies in the West and the strategies and skirmishes when they faced each other. Also explained is the Silby Expedition into NM which was a failure and ended the dreams of the Confederacy and Jefferson Davis obtaining the gold of Nevada and California. This is book is a good read, but is very detailed and at times is a little dry reading. This is book is more For the Civil Wat student and historian who already knows the basis of the Civil War fought in the West. All in all though this is a good book for any Civil War student and enthusiast to have in their library collection. Recommended!
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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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This is the best single source of the civil war in the far west that I have ever read. Anyone interested in the Civil War and living in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and California owe it to themselves and the Forgotten Civil War veterans of their states to read this book.
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