Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: History

Rocky Mountain Legacy Series (cc)

The Rocky Mountains are a symbol of America's strength; a tremendous and broad mountain range filled with peaks and valleys - and history. Using the Rockies as its backdrop, this series of documentaries presents us with incredible stories that come out of America's westward expansion, including histories of characters, Click for more

The Forgotten Civil War (cc)

Forgotten Civil War, The (cc)

"Highly Recommended. This is a superbly focused documentary offering a chronology of battles, elaborate reenactment of battles and marches, and excerpts from soldiers' letters and diaries." -EMRO Review
The firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, began the American Civil War, and most battles were fought in the South and East; however, the West played a major part in the war, and battles fought there would change the wilderness forever. This documentary use primary sources, such as solders' diaries and sketches, plus actual photographs from the era, to tell of often forgotten battles, which occurred in the Trans-Mississippi West. Texas we learn left the Union on February 1, 1861, and military leaders such as General Henry Sibley formed troops for the Confederate army. A year later, Sibley marched his army further west and crossed the Rio Grande River north of Fort Craig, in New Mexico Territory, to lay claim to the land for the Confederate States of America. There he met Col. Canby's Colorado Territory Volunteers on Feb. 20, 1862, and at Valverde, in the high desert outside Fort Craig, the first battle of the West began. Dubbed "Bloody Valverde," for the heavy casualties on both sides, Sibley claimed a victory, but Canby and his Union troops held Fort Craig. There were minor skirmishes during the next few weeks, but on March 26 both sides prepared to meet in a decisive battle at Glorieta Pass, which was a strategic position on the Santa Fe Trail at the southern tip of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the New Mexico Territory. Using muskets, bayonets, and some cannons, the Texans pushed the Union troops up the valley. During a 48-hour truce to bury the dead and care for the wounded, the Union troops crept into the C. S. A. camp and destroyed their supplies and mules, forcing the Texans to retreat with the Union troops in hot pursuit. The Union victory at Glorieta Pass stopped the C. S. A. advancement into the Southwest and was the turning point of the Civil War in the New Mexico Territory. Newspaper headlines would read, the Devils of Pike's Peak sent the Rebels packing. 01/08DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJSCA 30 min.
Also See: Abraham Lincoln: His Life and His Legacy; Robert E. Lee - Beyond the Battles; Ely Parker (Seneca): Warrior in Two Worlds; Shelby Foote: The Man and the Civil War; Lincoln, the Civil War and American Nationalism

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