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The Yankee Invasion of Texas (Canseco-Keck History Series) Hardcover – January 27, 2006

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Book 8 of 13 in the Canseco-Keck History Series

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". . . sheds light on the strategic importance of the Lone Star State during the Civil War. Students of military and Texas history alike should read this well-researched and lucid book." -Louisiana History
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Stephen A. Townsend teaches history at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.
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  • Series: Canseco-Keck History Series (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; First Edition edition (January 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585444871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585444878
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Longstroth on March 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book was easy to follow and captured my interest quickly. To me this book was all new material and I learned a lot. The author told the story of the Federal presence in the Rio Grand Valley during and immediately after the Civil War. This area was the furthest point in the Union war effort. The North concentrated its forces in the east to destroy the main armies of the south. After inital successes, almost all the Union troops in Texas were withdrawn leaving only a token force to show the flag and give the French something to think about in Mexico. Many of the Union officers thought that the North could have easily occupied Texas but the garrison requirements would have taken too many men away from the real effort in the East. It was interesting to see the relationships change as the fortunes of war shifted in the Rio Grande Valley. The author made use on a great deal of local Texas material as well as national sources for the Union participants to bring together the story. The author constantly referred to many small towns and place names during the narrative and I found it harder to follow as he traced the movement of troops. I think the book suffered greatly from the lack of maps. Perhaps to a native of Texas the locations of Corpus Christi and Galveston are well known but I needed to look them up. The three maps did a good job for part of the narrative but a map of the SE quarter of Texas would have been constantly refered to.
I would recommend this book to Texans interested in the local civil war and to those interested in the Trans Mississippi Theater.
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