Rebels in the Rockies: Confederate Irregulars in the Western Territories (Paperback)
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Rebels in the Rockies: Confederate Irregulars in the Western Territories (Paperback)

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Paperback 260 Pages / Published: 30/07/2014
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The Civil War in 1861 found Southerners a minority throughout the West. Early efforts to create military forces were quickly suppressed by the Yankees. Unable to control their local territories, many returned to the South to fight while others remained where they were, forming a potentially disloyal population. Underground movements developed and existed throughout the war in Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and even Idaho. Repeatedly betrayed and overawed by Union forces and without communications with the South, these groups generally were ineffective.

In southern New Mexico, Southerners, who were the majority, aligned themselves with the Confederacy. Four small companies of irregulars, one Hispanic, were created and fought (effectively) as part of the abortive Confederate invasion force of 1861-2. The most famous of these, the ""Brigands"" were close in function to a modern special forces unit. In 1862 the Brigands were sent into Colorado, some 400 miles beyond Union lines to join up with a secret army of 600-1,000 men massing there, but were betrayed. Returning to Texas, the Brigands and the other irregulars were used for special operations in the West throughout the War as well as fighting in the Louisiana-Arkansas campaigns of 1863-4.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786478200
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm

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