By Tom Prezelski
writer Tom Prezelski notes that the Californios, under a iteration faraway from the U.S.-Mexican struggle, have been ambivalent approximately serving within the Union military, yet poverty trumped their misgivings. in keeping with his huge study within the provider files of person officials and enlisted males, Prezelski describes either the issues and the accomplishments of the first Battalion. regardless of a desertion price between enlisted males that passed 50 percentage for a few businesses, and regardless of the feuds between its officials, the local Cavalry was once the face of federal authority within the area, and their presence helped continue the West for the Union through the uprising. The battalion pursued bandits, fought an Indian insurrection in northern California, garrisoned Confederate-leaning southern California, patrolled desolate tract trails, guarded the border, and tried to regulate the Chiricahua Apaches in southern Arizona.
even supposing a few 10000 Spanish-surnamed american citizens served through the Civil struggle, their aid of the Union is sort of unknown within the renowned mind's eye. Californio Lancers contributes to our realizing of the Civil conflict within the a ways West and the way it remodeled the Mexican-American community.
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Californio Lancers: The 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry in the Far West, 1863–1866 (Frontier Military Series) by Tom Prezelski