The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-1865

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Overview

Bull Run, Gettysburg, Appomattox. For Americans, these battlegrounds, all located in the eastern United States, will forever be associated with the Civil War. But few realize that the Civil War was also fought far to the west of these sites. The westernmost battle of the war took place in the remote deserts of the future state of Arizona.

In this first book-length account of the Civil War in Arizona, Andrew E. Masich offers both a lively narrative history of the all-but-forgotten California Column in wartime Arizona and a rare compilation of letters written by the volunteer soldiers who served in the U.S. Army from 1861 to 1866. Enriched by Masich’s meticulous annotation, these letters provide firsthand testimony of the grueling desert conditions the soldiers endured as they fought on many fronts.

Southwest Book Award
Border Regional Library Association

Southwest Book of the Year
Pima County Public Library

NYMAS Civil War Book Award
New York Military Affairs Symposium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139005
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,373,463
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew E. Masich is President and CEO of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Pennsylvania, and is coauthor of two books, Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat and Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Abbreviations     xv
Prologue     3
The California Volunteers in Arizona, 1861-65
Column from California     9
Arizona     35
Campaigning     56
Occupation Duty     82
Border Patrol and Mustering Out     113
Dispatches from the California Volunteers, 1862-65
California's Soldier-Correspondents to the San Francisco Daily Alta California     143
Arizona Dispatches, 1862     156
Arizona Dispatches, 1863     254
Arizona Dispatches, 1864     263
Arizona Dispatches, 1865     314
Epilogue     33
Bibliography     337
Index     353
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