“If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.”
— Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan
The Battle of Glorieta was not called the Gettysburg of the West because of the large number of casualties. It was compared to the Battle of Gettysburg because it just may have determined the outcome of the Civil War.
Had the Confederates from Texas reached California, they would have had an entire coastline of blockade-free ports and all the gold they needed to finance their army.