As the subtitle indicates, most of Thomas M. Settles' splendid biography of John Bankhead Magruder (1807 - 1871) is dedicated to a detailed examination of his role in the U.S. Civil War, specifically, his audacious if nonetheless inevitably doomed defense of Richmond, and later, Galveston. Though this part of the narrative does not have direct bearing on Mexican history, it informs the portrait of an unusually flamboyant Confederate who, in defeat, looked south to a future in Maximilian's Mexican Empire. . . CONTINUE READING at my other blog, Maximilian~Carlota.
"Maximilian ~ Carlota," my blog of resources for researchers of the tumultuous period of Mexican history known as the Second Empire or "French Intervention," is updated on Tuesdays.