Military Reconstruction under Canby

Mark L. Bradley

in Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135120 | DOI:
Military Reconstruction under Canby

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In contrast to General Sickles, Brig. Gen. Edward Richard Sprigg Canby spent twenty-eight of his forty-nine years serving the army as a professional soldier. He graduated from West Point and was a veteran of the Mexican War, the Second Seminole, and of the Mormon Expedition. He became colonel of the 19th U.S. Infantry in 1861 and later was given command of the Department of New Mexico. A year after his appointment, Canby was able to obstruct one of the Confederate Army of New Mexico's attempts to invade California which was directed by Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers after he was transferred to Washington, D.C. This chapter draws attention to how Canby initiated military reconstruction when he assumed command of the Second Military District on September 5, 1867.

Keywords: Brig. Gen. Edward Richard Sprigg Canby; Second Military District; military reconstruction; professional soldier

Chapter.  11505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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