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« on: March 12, 2004, 08:59:46 AM »

When General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, some Confederates refused to abandon their cause. Fallen Guidon, originally published in 1962 by Stagecoach Press, is the gripping story of one such group of men.
Having heard that Lincoln liked the idea of having former Confederate soldiers oust Emperor Maximilian from Mexico, Shelby decided that he had found a way to save their honor, spread their lost Southern empire, and gain riches and glory all at the same time.

Marching from camp at Corsicana, Texas, behind their war-scarred guidon or flag, the brigade passed through Waco, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and other towns, declaring martial law and discouraging looters. In a funereal ceremony they buried their Confederate battle flag in the murky waters of the Rio Grande before heading into Mexico.

But Shelby's men did not want to join Mexican guerrillas to fight the emperor's forces. Identifying themselves as "imperialists," the "Iron Brigade" headed for Mexico City to offer their services to Emperor Maximilian. Along the way they spilled the blood of guerrillas and bandits, and in the name of diehard chivalry, they carried out a fiery, bloody attack on a hacienda to rescue an imprisoned woman. Once in Mexico City, the "Iron Brigade" discovered its march to have been futile, and in a bittersweet final review, Shelby said good-bye. The fate of the brigade's guidon is unknown.

" . . . a fascinating account of this relatively neglected episode of the last organized unit of the Confederacy

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2004, 05:51:10 PM »

When General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, some Confederates refused to abandon their cause. Fallen Guidon, originally published in 1962 by Stagecoach Press, is the gripping story of one such group of men.
Having heard that Lincoln liked the idea of having former Confederate soldiers oust Emperor Maximilian from Mexico, Shelby decided that he had found a way to save their honor, spread their lost Southern empire, and gain riches and glory all at the same time.

Marching from camp at Corsicana, Texas, behind their war-scarred guidon or flag, the brigade passed through Waco, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and other towns, declaring martial law and discouraging looters. In a funereal ceremony they buried their Confederate battle flag in the murky waters of the Rio Grande before heading into Mexico.

But Shelby's men did not want to join Mexican guerrillas to fight the emperor's forces. Identifying themselves as "imperialists," the "Iron Brigade" headed for Mexico City to offer their services to Emperor Maximilian. Along the way they spilled the blood of guerrillas and bandits, and in the name of diehard chivalry, they carried out a fiery, bloody attack on a hacienda to rescue an imprisoned woman. Once in Mexico City, the "Iron Brigade" discovered its march to have been futile, and in a bittersweet final review, Shelby said good-bye. The fate of the brigade's guidon is unknown.

" . . . a fascinating account of this relatively neglected episode of the last organized unit of the Confederacy


That's very interesting.  I also believe Sterling Price was in Mexico for awhile (don't know if he fought for Maximillian or not), and I know that Union General Lew Wallace after the Civil War rose a unit to fight for Juarez.  Thanks for the story, very interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2004, 05:14:20 AM »

I just saw not long ago a John Wayne-Rock Hudson film where something along the lines of that storyline takes place, couldn't get by Rock wearing a feather in his hat and a gray cape to match, it just looked ridiculous.

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2004, 06:01:42 AM »

Yeah,its a very interesting story..cud be a filmed.. Smiley
by the way,friends, "The Last Outlaw" 1994 with Mickey Rourke and  Dermot Mulroney begin with burned confederate flag..just like gen.Shelby's flag.


What do u think abouth Quontrill's Confederate Guerrillas.I sow the trailer of "Ride with the Devil"-1999
western abouth Quontrill'deadly raid..look interesting.

The westerns abouth confederate outlaws are very interesting,cose civil war is great theme!


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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2004, 05:30:17 AM »

Cigar Joe,u talk abouth "The Undefeated" with John Yayne.. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2004, 03:51:37 PM »

Yes that was it "The Undefeated",thanks Guerrilla.

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