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By Tom Prezelski

ISBN-10: 0870624369

ISBN-13: 9780870624360

More than 16,000 Californians served as infantrymen within the Union military throughout the Civil struggle. One California unit, the first Battalion of local Cavalry, consisted principally of Californio Hispanic volunteers from the “Cow Counties” of Southern California and the important Coast. Out-of-work vaqueros who enlisted after drought decimated the herds they labored, the local Cavalrymen lent the military their mythical horsemanship and carried lances that evoked either the romance of the Californios and the Spanish army culture. Californio Lancers, the 1st distinct background of the first Battalion, illuminates their function within the clash and brings new variety to Civil warfare history.

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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