Academic journal article Military Review

Legacy of Honor: The Life of Rafael Chacon, A Nineteenth-Century New Mexican

Academic journal article Military Review

Legacy of Honor: The Life of Rafael Chacon, A Nineteenth-Century New Mexican

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LEGACY OF HONOR: The Life of Rafael Chacon, A Nineteenth-- Century New Mexican, Jacqueline Dorgan Meketa, Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, NM, 2000, 456 pages, $19.00.

Almost all memoirs written by soldiers and officers of the frontier US Army in the 19th century are worthy for their literary merit and descriptions of Army service. Legacy of Honor continues that tradition, with a twist. Major Rafael Chacon wrote his memoirs in Spanish and tells the little-known story of the Spanish-- speaking units and soldiers who served on the Union side during the Civil War. Jacqueline Dorgan Meketa translates Chacon's prose and adds significant commentary, notes, maps and pictures.

Chacon witnessed the downfall of Mexican sovereignty in New Mexico and the coming of the Americans. In true 19th-century fashion, he lived a varied life, working as a rancher, farmer, trader, scout, miner, clerk, lawyer and holder of many political offices both before and after the Civil War. Born in 1833, his life extended long into the 20th-century. …

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