P.G. Nagle has devoted herself to chronicling the U.S. Civil War in the Southwest. While most Civil War histories and novels concentrate on the better known struggles around Richmond, Nagle prefers the largely unknown New Mexico and Texas actions. The important port city of Galveston, Texas, has been captured by Union forces in 1862, and Confederate artillery officer Jamie Russell becomes a key player in recapturing the city and in saving his sister and aunt who have been trapped inside. Nagle does her usual workmanlike job of interweaving fictional characters with historical figures in a setting that proves as dramatic as any in the combat surrounding Richmond. Readers may find reading Glorieta Pass and Guns of Valverde a rewarding prelude to Galveston.