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Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico

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Looks at the epic march of 1,000 men recruited from Colorado's towns, farms, and mining camps to fight 3,000 Confederate soldiers in New Mexico. This book tells the stories of Union heroes such as Colorado governor William Gilpin and Colonels John Slough, John Chivington, Kit Carson, and Edward Canby, along with average soldiers.


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Looks at the epic march of 1,000 men recruited from Colorado's towns, farms, and mining camps to fight 3,000 Confederate soldiers in New Mexico. This book tells the stories of Union heroes such as Colorado governor William Gilpin and Colonels John Slough, John Chivington, Kit Carson, and Edward Canby, along with average soldiers.

34 review for Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico

  1. 5 out of 5

    Iain

    A well done account of the campaign. Coverage is from a more strategic level than I'd expected but the battles of Valverde, Glorieta Pass, and several minor skirmishes are covered with many well done maps. Spends a bit too much time setting the groundwork in the first 50 pages. with enough background on Gilpin to feel like his biography. Though often referencing other secondary sources, this book does tap some recent scholarship / unearthed accounts. I'd suggest this for the library of anyone inte A well done account of the campaign. Coverage is from a more strategic level than I'd expected but the battles of Valverde, Glorieta Pass, and several minor skirmishes are covered with many well done maps. Spends a bit too much time setting the groundwork in the first 50 pages. with enough background on Gilpin to feel like his biography. Though often referencing other secondary sources, this book does tap some recent scholarship / unearthed accounts. I'd suggest this for the library of anyone interested in the campaign. For a more casual reader, I'd recommend this as an introduction to the campaign with the caveat of giving it 50 pages or more to really hit its stride.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Dayley

    I read this for a staff ride for Officer Candidate School and really appreciated the story of the largest Civil War battle of the West and the contribution of the Colorado militia. Covering the major characters that lead or influenced the battle, Flint Whitlock was able to paint history in a way that is both digestible and enjoyable. But, what is better than just reading the book? Having the author travel with you during your staff ride to the battle site in New Mexico. That was a treat that top I read this for a staff ride for Officer Candidate School and really appreciated the story of the largest Civil War battle of the West and the contribution of the Colorado militia. Covering the major characters that lead or influenced the battle, Flint Whitlock was able to paint history in a way that is both digestible and enjoyable. But, what is better than just reading the book? Having the author travel with you during your staff ride to the battle site in New Mexico. That was a treat that topped off the whole story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    Pretty good account of the New Mexico Campaign from the Union perspective. The author did seem to spend an inordinate amount of space on the formation and training of the 1st Colorado Infantry; some information on the formation of the New Mexico regiments would have been nice. Also, the author omitted discussing the California Column. While it might not have had a direct impact on the campaign, it was still organized and sent into New Mexico due to the Confederate invasion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    I re-read the story of the 1st Colorado who traveled from Colorado and fought in the Battle at Glorietta Pass in New Mexico. One of the few battles in the Civil War fought in the west. If you are related to me on the Warman side then know that we had a distant relative, Thomas Warman, who served with Company H attached to this unit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

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    Darren Ivey

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annette

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bohnhoff

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric Williams

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam Morgan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alberto Garcia

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian Asalone

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill Steele

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Graham

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erspall

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melyssa

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Morales

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hamish Davidson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betty

  25. 4 out of 5

    Noah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tsnellprof

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erik Snell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  31. 5 out of 5

    Mike Emett

  32. 5 out of 5

    Jon Rupinski

  33. 4 out of 5

    ErrBookErrDay

  34. 5 out of 5

    Eleanora Just

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