Last night at a poker game at our neighborhood bar, one of the players asked me what I do. I told him I’m a writer, and since he didn’t look like a fantasy reader to me, I mentioned my Civil War novels. This started a lively conversation about how the war had impacted the area where we live.
The Civil War (or War Between the States, or whatever alternate title you prefer) began in 1861, and since last year the 150-year anniversary of this formative American conflict has been celebrated in myriad ways. In my own neck of the woods, New Mexico, things got especially interesting in February and March of 1862. That’s when the major events of the New Mexico Campaign occurred, culminating in the Battle of Glorieta Pass, sometimes called the Gettysburg of the West.
Around that time, an army of Texas Confederates camped in what is now my back yard. They and their Union opponents fought from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and beyond. Their activities had an indelible impact on the New Mexico Territory that would eventually become the states of Arizona and New Mexico.
They also added to an already ripe history of conflict between Texas and New Mexico, a conflict that is still reflected in the Texas jokes that abound hereabouts. I grew up with those jokes, and never really realized their import until I started studying the history of the New Mexico Campaign.
So, to add my mite to the celebration of this anniversary, I’m putting the first novel in the series, GLORIETA PASS, on sale for $.99. What a deal! You can read a free sample or just buy the whole book for a buck! And to the first ten people who buy the book from BVC at this price, I will personally email a Texas joke.
P. G. Nagle is the author of the Far Western Civil War series of novels, three of which are available at Book View Café. When not writing about the war in the west or firing Civil War replica cannon, she writes fantasy, science fiction, romance, and whatever else strikes her fancy.