“They fought the Civil War … here? Out in New Mexico? You’re kiddin’!”
That’s what sightseers frequently say when they happen onto Fort Union National Monument, about 40 minutes north of Las Vegas, N.M.
“We hear that particularly from visitors who travel from the East,” said Fort Union’s superintendent, Marie Sauter. “Those who grew up back there think the war was fought in the North and the South. Anywhere else wasn’t taught in school.”