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Monday, July 25, 2011

The first Confederate invasion of the North!

In covering all things Trans-Miss on this blog, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that this week marks the 150th anniversary of the first Confederate invasion of the Union, which happened in the western fringes of the Trans-Mississippi at Mesilla, New Mexico Territory, across the Rio Grande from Texas.

The story of this historic, albeit small, invasion is being told on an excellent blog called Civil War Daily Gazette. Rather than steal the Gazette's thunder, I'll simply direct you over there. This brave blogger has vowed to blog every day of the Sesquicentennial and his efforts should be rewarded with a hit counter as big as the National Debt Clock.

The fourth book in my House Divided series will be taking place in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories before, during, and after Sibley's ill-fated attempt to take the Far West for the Confederacy. I lived in Tucson for twelve years, not far from the westernmost battle of the Civil War at the Battle of Picacho Peak, so I have a deep interest in this aspect of the war.

[Photo of Confederate flag raising over Tucson courtesy Wikimedia Commons]

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