Fort Selden, 1865-1891

The Birth, Life, and Death of a Frontier Fort in New Mexico

Fort Selden, 1865-1891

Fort Selden was a small frontier fort built in 1865 with the mission of protecting the citizens of the Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico. This book tells the story of Fort Selden's beginning, its years of service, and its eventual abandonment. Throughout Fort Selden's history, its troopers conducted patrols, provided escort for wagon trains, and chased horse thieves, bandits, and Apaches through spring dust storms, drenching rains, winter cold, and other hardships to accomplish their mission. The story of the fort is told through the military reports and messages of the commanders and personal letters of the soldiers. Allan J. Holmes, a native New Mexican, is a retired infantryman who served 29 years in the United States Army in places such as Korea, Vietnam, Liberia (West Africa), Germany, Panama, and across the United States. It was this experience that piqued his interest in military history. After retiring from the service he taught United States Military History for thirteen years at Gadsden High School in southern New Mexico.

Louisiana Haunted Forts

Louisiana Haunted Forts

Although there are numerous books about Louisiana, little information about the forts are included and none combines the forts with ghost stories. Louisiana has five distinct regions, and all have historic forts, ranging from French rule to Spanish, Confederate, Federal, and even Privateer. Each unique story is heightened by ghostly legends. The state is already a strong tourist attraction with a $5.2 billion business yearly, 87,000 employees in tourism, and a population of over 4,000,000.

Civil War General and Indian Fighter James M. Williams

Leader of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and the 8th U.S. Cavalry

Civil War General and Indian Fighter James M. Williams

This biography follows the military career of General James Monroe Williams, which spanned both the Civil War and the Indian Wars in the West.

Roadside New Mexico

A Guide to Historic Markers

Roadside New Mexico

The people, geological features, and historic events that have made New Mexico what it is today are commemorated in over 350 historic markers along the state's roads. This guide is designed to fill in the gaps and answer the questions those markers provoke.

Following the Royal Road

A Guide to the Historic Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Following the Royal Road

Jackson brings to life this important route which the Spanish extended north into present-day New Mexico in 1598.

One Blanket and Ten Days Rations

1st Infantry New Mexico Volunteers in Arizona, 1864-1866

One Blanket and Ten Days Rations

An account of Companies A and I, First Infantry, New Mexico Volunteers, a tough, primarily Hispanic force that pursued Apache raiders through the rugged mountains of southeastern Arizona Territory from 1864 to 1866. Illustrated.