“An Arch Rebel Like Myself”

Dan Showalter and the Civil War in California and Texas

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About the Book

Dan Showalter, a Pennsylvanian transplant to the Yosemite Valley, was Speaker Pro Tem of the California State Assembly at the outbreak of the Civil War and the exemplar of treason in the Far West among the pro-Union press. He gained notoriety as the survivor of California’s last political duel, for his role in the display of a Confederate flag in Sacramento, and for his imprisonment after an armed confrontation with Union troops.
Escaping to Texas, he distinguished himself in the Confederate service in naval battles and in pursuit of Comanche raiders. As commander the 4th Arizona Cavalry, he helped recapture the Rio Grande Valley from the Union and defended Brownsville against a combined Union and Mexican force. Refusing to surrender at war’s end, he fled to Mexico where he died of a wound sustained in a drunken bar fight at age 35.

About the Author(s)

Gene C. Armistead, a veteran Marine officer of the Vietnam War, is retired from management in the electronic components industry. The author of several articles and essays about black Confederate soldiers, white Southern Unionists, and Californians in the Civil War, and a history of horses and mules in the Civil War, he lives in Escondido, California. Robert D. Arconti is a retired legal editor. In 2010-11, he researched and was co-curator of an exhibit on Showalter for the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, California. He lives in Stafford, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Gene C. Armistead and Robert D. Arconti
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7461-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3338-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“This stunning historical inquiry into the pugnacious life and times of Dan Showalter is ambitious in scope and fascinating in its content. The authors paint a panoramic view of the Southwest borderlands in those tumultuous Civil War years without losing sight of the details of the life of an absolutely fascinating individual. This meticulously researched and compelling story is likely to keep the reader captivated. Needless to say, this masterful and definitive study is highly recommended.”—Jerry Thompson, Regents Professor, Texas A&M International University and past president of the Texas State Historical Association.