For that, much credit must go to Mary Lasswell, a member of
the Texas State Historical Association, who compiled and edited
Giles' recollections of the war period. Her interest in the papers
of Val C. Giles was born of a long acquaintance with the Giles
family, and quite probably was stimulated because she is a de-
scendant of Thomas S. Lubbock, a Confederate colonel, and
Richard F. Lubbock, governor of Texas during the Civil War.
Mary Lasswell's qualifications for the task are well-represented by
her numerous previous publications in article and book form; her
literary standards have been well maintained in Rags and Hope.
New Mexico Civil War Bibliography. Compiled by Jack D.
Rittenhouse. Houston (Stagecoach Press), i 961. Pp. 36. $4.00.
"We all think that our operations out here will all be lost in
history, when such great struggles are going on nearer home . "
was Frank Starr's appraisal, on May 19, 1862, of the Confederate
invasion of New Mexico in which he participated as a member
of Sibley's Texas Brigade. For many years even the noted his-
torians of the War Between the States have passed over this phase
of the conflict with only a few words.
Here are presented thirty-two publications concerning the war
in New Mexico. Actually, the title is somewhat misleading, for,
as stated in the introduction, the bibliography deals with "the
Civil War campaigns in New Mexico during the years 1861 and
1862. . . Other Civil War military and political events in New
Mexico after this date [July, 1862], such as the campaign against
the Navajos, are not included ... " This bibliography includes
only published books and pamphlets. It does not contain broad-
sides, unpublished theses, articles from historical association pub-
lications, or manuscript material.
New Mexico Civil War Bibliography is the first such publica-
tion dealing specifically with this phase of the War Between the
States, and it brings to light the information available and the
gaps to be filled by researchers. It should be hailed as a signal step
toward a realization of the part the Texan New Mexico campaign
played in the overall drama of this great conflict.
Of primary historical interest is the text of Selection 7, a pam-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed November 27, 2015.