The Civil War in New Mexico?


When you think of the Civil War, New Mexico doesn't usually come to mind. But early in the War, the Confederates hatched a grand plan for the West to raise a force in Texas, march up the Rio Grande, take Santa Fe, turn northeast on the Santa Fe Trail, capture the stores at Fort Union, head up to Colorado to capture the gold fields, and then turn west to take California.

The dream was halted 150 years ago by Union Forces at Glorietta Pass, now the site of Pecos National Historical Park. By July 1862, all Confederate Troops had vacated New Mexico Territory and for the duration of the Civil War, New Mexico remained under Union control.

NPT, the Trust for Public Land and the Civil War Trust are jointly advocating for Land and Water Conservation Fund acquisition resources to protect lands in Pecos and in two other Civil War Battlefields – Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia and Virginia's Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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