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Canby's services in the New Mexican campaign. by Latham Anderson, Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S. V. The account in this work by Captain Pettis of The Confederate Invasion of New Mexico and Arizona, For Captain Pettis's article and accompanying maps, see Vol. II., p. 103.--Editors. is accurate as to most details. It is open to criticism, however, in two particulars: it fails to recognize the political as well as the military importance of the campaign, and it does injustice to General Canby. The remote and unimportant territory of New Mexico was not the real objective of this invasion. The Confederate leaders were striking at much higher game — no less than the conquest of California, Sonora, Chihuahua, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah--and, above all, the possession of the gold supply of the Pacific coast, a source of strength considered by Mr. Lincoln to be essential to the successful prosecution of the war. The truth of this view will be apparent when we consider wha
Canby's services in the New Mexican campaign. by Latham Anderson, Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S.
the hostile Indian country of Arizona to join Canby was made by eleven companies of infantry, two etailed account of that retreat.
Soon after Canby assumed command of the department, and before ng out this plan at intervals of a few miles.
Canby had no confidence in the capacity of the New M strong positions until he passed Albuquerque, Canby could then form a junction with the reinforcem is the w riter's authority for this outline of Canby's intended plan of campaign.
This plan was ma move forward into line.
For this, of course, Canby was not responsible.
His plan of pivoting on r the reverse at Valverde nothing remained for Canby but to strive for a junction with the troops a exans that they were being attacked in rear by Canby's column.
This caused a panic among part of t the enemy at Peralta, on the 15th of January, Canby had it in his power to capture the entire colu [4 more...]