The Battle of Glorieta Pass: The Colorado Volunteers in the Civil Warby William C. Whitford
In this backward glance at the political conditions existing in that period in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and on the Pacific Coast, we may see the reasons for the exuberant hopes that were sanguinely cherished by some Southern leaders in 1861-'62. Because of these conditions they confidently expected to split off from the Union, in addition to the States which has already seceded and formed the "Confederate States of America," these three Territories and the larger part, if not all, of the Pacific Coast proper. Their anticipations and plans embraced even more than this, for it was their intention to acquire, also, either with money or by force of arms, a large part of northern Mexico, which was to be annexed by the Southern Confederacy.
It is usually unprofitable to speculate about what "might have happened": yet there can be no reasonable doubt that if the Confederate army which entered New Mexico at the beginning of 1862 had not been stopped and defeated at La Glorieta, or somewhere else in that vicinity about the same time, our histories of the War for the Union would read differently.
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