The Far Western Civil War, Book 1
by P. G. Nagle
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(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-020-0
1861: New Mexico Territory is swept by change as the United States erupts in civil war.
Federal troops are recalled to the east, leaving the way open for Confederates to invade New Mexico and capture its resources on the way to the ultimate prize: Colorado gold!
Three young people are caught up in the conflict: Alastar O’Brien, a Colorado miner turned soldier; Laura Howland, a young lady from Boston, recently orphaned; and Jamie Russell, a shop clerk from Texas serving as a quartermaster. The maelstrom of war brings them together in a clash of ambition, patriotism, and the simple need to survive.
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“This engrossing debut…evokes memorable protagonists, vivid landscapes and high suspense, not only in the gut-wrenching action but in the relationships between her characters.”
“Glorieta Pass is a crackling good story with its climax in the Civil War battle of Glorieta Pass, often called “the Gettysburg of the West.” Through the protagonists and the narrative the author provides a vivid portrait of the Southwest frontier in the first years of the Civil War.”
—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“Glorieta Pass, the first of at least two volumes on the campaign, is an impeccably researched novel with a sure feel for the arid landscapes of New Mexico. Readers with an enthusiasm for Civil War fiction will find this a strong work.”