New Mexico Division Newsletter

The Territorial Rattler, No. 1   (Click this link to download)


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Pigeon’s Ranch in 1880

In 1880, photographer Ben Wittick captured the image of this important structure — still standing today — used as a hospital on the Glorieta battlefield, March 28, 1862. Sharpshooter’s Ridge is upper right in the picture. Business seems to be booming 18 years after the hostilities there. (Museum of New Mexico, Neg. No. 15783.)

 

 


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Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Happy Thanksgiving


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The Confederate Thanksgiving . . .

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“A Confederate Catechism” by L.G. Tyler


About the Author: Lyon Gardiner Taylor

The War of 1861 - 1865

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Brig. Gen. C.C. Crews, C.S.A.

Charles Constantine Crews

 (September 3, 1829 – November 14, 1887)

Col. C.C. Crews

 Born in Upson County, Georgia, Charles was the first of eight children. At the age of eighteen, C.C. Crews was authorized to practice law in the State of Georgia after “undergoing an approved examination according to law.” In 1853, he attended the Medical College of Louisiana, and graduated from Castleton Medical College in 1859.

C.C. Crews was appointed Captain in the Confederate Army in February 1862 and given responsibility for A Company of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry, which was recruited from Randolph and Calhoun counties in Georgia.

The 2nd Georgia Cavalry was deployed in June to Chattanooga with the 8th Texas  Cavalry as a brigade under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest, participating in the First Battle of  Murfreesboro, On October 1, 1862, Capt. Crews was captured during a raid at Glasgow Ky.  but was soon exchanged. By November, Crews was elected Lt. Col., and in January 1863, Col. Crews received command of his own brigade, named the Crews’ Brigade: (2nd, 3rd, 4th Georgia and the 7th Alabama), part of the cavalry corps under the command of Major General Joseph Wheeler. Wheeler and Forrest operated in the area of Fort Donelson and Dover, Tenn. In February 1863 during the Battle of Dover, Col. Crews was wounded in the hip.  Also wounded was C.C.’s younger brother, 1st Lt. Fleming Jordan Crews, second in command of Company A, 2nd Georgia.

Chickamauga

During the Battle of Chickamauga, Col. C.C. Crews commanded the 1st Brigade (General John A. Wharton’s  Division, Major General Wheeler’s Corps) consisting of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Georgia Cavalry, and Malone’s Alabama Regiment. Crews’ Brigade helped capture Lookout Mountain, which earned Cols. Wheeler, Morgan, Crews, and Harrison commendations in September 1863 from Major General Wheeler, “I tender my thanks for their zeal, energy and gallantry during the engagement”. In October, Crews’ Georgia Brigade helped participate in the capture of McMinnville, Tennessee, during Wheeler’s October 1863 Raid.

Knoxville

In December 1863, Crews’ Brigade, (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Georgia) was part of General John T. Morgan’s Division, Major General William T. Martin’s Cavalry Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Col Crews earned a citation for gallantry in the Battle of Mossy Creek from General Martin: “I have never witnessed greater gallantry than was displayed by Colonel Crews and the officers and men of the First, Second, Third and Sixth Georgia Cavalry…Col. C.C. Crews deserves mention for his skill and bravery.”

Atlanta

With the start of the Atlanta Campaign, Col. Crews commanded a regiment under General Alfred Iverson, Jr. (General Martin’s Division, Major General Wheeler’s Corps) in April 1864, Crews personally received the surrender of the highest ranking Union officer duringthe war, Major General George Stoneman during Stoneman’s aborted attempt to free Union prisoners at Andersonville prison. A local newspaper at the time reported, “…a flag of truce was sent by Gen. Stoneman to Col. Crews, proposing an unconditional surrender of the whole of his command…Col. Crews received the flag, and ordered Stoneman’s army to stack arms. Six hundred cavalry and two pieces of artillery immediately obeyed the order…” Also captured was Stoneman’s aide, Maj. Myles Keogh, who 13 years later would have the dubious distinction of being killed with Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

In December 1864, Crews’ Brigade participated in the Battle of Waynesboro, Ga., against Union forces participating in Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea,” which culminated in helping Lieutenant General William J. Hardee’s evacuation of Savannah, Ga. The year ended with this note from Major General Wheeler, “…Allen, Humes, Anderson, Dibrell, Hagen, Crews, Ashby, Harrison, and Breckenridge and many other brave men whose gallantry you have so often witnessed are here still to guide and lead you in battles yet to be won.”

Carolinas

During the Carolinas Campaign Col. Crews commanded his brigade (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 12th Ga. Cavalry) under Gen. William W. Allen’s Division, Major General Wheeler’s Corps, and was recommended to be promoted to Brigadier General at the beginning of 1865. Crews received the support and encouragement of the officers and men under his command who signed petitions to Crews’ commanders.

In February 1865, Crews’ troopers operated in the area of Augusta, Georgia, Aiken, South Carolina, and the Saluda River area of Columbia, South Carolina –  under orders of Major Generals D.H. Hill and Benjamin F. Cheatham. The Crews Brigade operated in the area of Salisbury and High Point, N.C. at the end of April under orders of General J.E. Johnston. Col. Charles C. Crews and brother Capt. Fleming Jordan Crews were paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 3, 1865, under terms agreed between General Joseph E. Johnston and Major General William Tecumseh Sherman on April 26, 1865.  In a final message from Major Gen. Wheeler to his Corps, he pointed out “…Colonels Crews, Cook and Pointer…are still disabled from wounds…the second time C.C. Crews’ was wounded in action…while most nobly carrying out my orders upon the field.”

Post War

C.C. partnered with James John McDonald as a pharmacist in Cuthbert, Ga., for five years before becoming treasurer of the Bainbridge, Cuthbert, and Columbus Railroad Company. C.C. moved his family – wife Martha (called “Mattie”), his uncle Martin Mortimer Crews, his two brothers, Dr. Leonidas Crews and Fleming Jordan Crews, and their families, to Texas in 1875. In 1879 he again moved his family, this time to Hillsboro, N.M. Territory (a “gold” town) in 1879, where he practiced medicine in the front two rooms of his house. Mattie was only one of four Anglo women in Hillsboro at that time, but she had such a long record of service to the community, Mattie Ave. in Hillsboro was named in her honor.

Dr. Crews practiced medicine there until his death from pneumonia in 1887. C.C. Crews is buried in the Hillsboro cemetery.


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The home of Gen. Crews in Hillsboro, NM

 

The home of Gen. Crews in Hillsboro, NM

 


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A Debt of Gratitude

The New Mexico Confederate Historical Society is dedicated to upholding the honor and dignity of the Southern soldiers who fought heroically in a war of independence to protect their homes and families from invasion by an enemy three times their number.

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who left farm and workplace behind to put their lives in harm’s way to protect the Constitutional rights of Statehood that their forefathers before them fought to obtain from the British Empire.

Today, these rights have all but disappeared as the Federal government agencies force more and more of America into their criminal system of oppression and fascism. We are seeing what appears to be the equivalent of a hostile takeover of American rights as dictated by the instigators of one-world government, which would mean the end of the United States as we have known Her, . . . rewriting history, replacing traditions, perverting education, and destroying the family.

The battle to preserve our rights is proving to be one of the hardest battles ever fought by the American people. The New Mexico Confederate Historical Society will endeavor to explore, bring forth, and defend the true stories of our history and the men and women who lived it.

We hope you enjoy our site. We will strive to provide a factual and insightful look at Southern heritage and its place in the American experience.

— NMCHS

Confederate attack at Pigeon's Ranch, Roy Andersen painting (NPS).

Confederate attack at Pigeon’s Ranch, Battle of Glorieta, NM, March 28, 1862. Roy Andersen painting (NPS).


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NMSCV Report: GPS LOCATIONS OF CONFEDERATE HEADSTONES and MEMORIALS IN N.M.

GPS Locations of Confederate Veteran Tombstones

SCV N.M. DIVISION REPORT

Looking Westward to California

Looking Westward to California

Looking Eastward to Texas

Looking Eastward to Texas

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Black Elk on “Saving the Vision”

“But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good; and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all.”

 


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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone helping to preserve New Mexico’s exceptional history!


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