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Boldly they rode : a history of the First Colorado Regiment of Volunteers

Author: Ovando James Hollister
Publisher: Lakewood, Colorado : Golden Press, 1949.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hollister was a private in the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers which fought the New Mexican campaign against the invading Texan troops in March, 1862. This book might have been a dry recital of facts. Fortunately Hollister was not only an educated man but natural writer who brought to his task imagination, a deep human interest, and a careful reporter's news sense. Here is no grandfather's tale but a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hollister, Ovando James, 1834-1892.
Boldly they rode.
Lakewood, Colo., Golden Press, 1949
(OCoLC)560250636
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ovando James Hollister
OCLC Number: 7878568
Notes: "Published originally as a limited edition in 1863 entitled the 'History of the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers.'"--Jacket.
Description: 190 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Ovando J. Hollister ; with an introduction by William Macleod Raine.

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"Hollister was a private in the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers which fought the New Mexican campaign against the invading Texan troops in March, 1862. This book might have been a dry recital of facts. Fortunately Hollister was not only an educated man but natural writer who brought to his task imagination, a deep human interest, and a careful reporter's news sense. Here is no grandfather's tale but a narrative so live that it might have taken place yesterday. Here is history that echoes with thrilling adventure. Hollister, hardened, realistic soldier-author, seemed to know, as he made daily entries in his diary, that his on-the-spot reportage of the rawhide passions and broadrange loyalties, the hearty campfire humor and the grim punishment of forced winter marches, the ignoble details of life as he saw it in a fighting man's era, must be set down for all of us who were to come after his rugged breed. The true importance of the campaign between the Coloradans and the Texans goes far beyond a local effect. It was one of the decisive struggles of the Civil War. If Sibley's seasoned Texas Brigade had won, they surely would have dominated the West and its resources. They would have seized the defenseless gold mines which were the potential treasure cache of the armies of the North. The war might have been prolonged indefinitely."-William MacLeod Raine.

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