Dedication of sign depicting the historic Civil War Battle of Mesilla

Many know that the picturesque little adobe town of Mesilla was once a part of Mexico, but you may not know that it was also a Confederate territorial capital during the Civil War.

From Aug. 1, 1861 to July 1862, Mesilla was capital of the Arizona Territory of the Confederate States of America.

Confederate Lt. Col. John Robert Baylor led troops against Union infantry commanded by Union Major Isaac Lynde in a battle campaign that ran from July 24 to 27, 1861.

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