Locals take part in Wreaths Across America

With the sun shining brilliantly over the bone-white tombstones at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, heads bowed for a prayer to honor those who served.
The Rev. Perkins Patton, an ordained minister and chaplain with the Gadsden chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, offered a brief sermon before a wreath presentation ceremony, part of the [...]

Mesilla was site of Civil War battle

Mesilla Valley residents of the 21st century have more in common with the Confederacy than they realize.
“For most people, the American Civil War is something back East. They don’t realize it occurred out here and the people who were in Mesilla – which, at the time, New Mexico was New Mexico, Arizona and the southern [...]

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 [...]

Historical sign to be dedicated July 24

The town of Mesilla is hosting a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. July 24 of a sign depicting the historic Civil War Battle of Mesilla and Major Isaac Lynde’s retreat on the Mesilla Plaza. The historic event took place in Mesilla from July 24-27, 1861.
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Fort Union Among Nation’s least-visited monuments

“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 [...]

NM bomb scare leads to Civil War relic

An Albuquerque man’s call about a possible explosive device turned up what could be a cannonball from the Civil War era.
Kenny Honeycutt asked police whether a device given to him by a friend several years ago could be dangerous.
Honeycutt says he wanted it checked out because his grandchildren come over to play.
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Gettysburg of the West

The plan was to march up the Rio Grande, capture the city of Santa Fe and seize the thousands of rifles, dozens of cannons and other supplies at Fort Union for a campaign that would expand the Confederacy’s borders all the way to the California coast.
But Union soldiers stood their ground at a pinch along [...]

Park Service opens trail at Glorieta Battlefield

The plan was to march up the Rio Grande, capture the city of Santa Fe and seize the thousands of rifles, dozens of cannons and other supplies at Fort Union for a campaign that would expand the Confederacy’s borders all the way to the California coast.
But Union soldiers stood their ground at a pinch along [...]

Remains from Fort Craig cemetery reburied

The remains of more than 60 Civil War era men, women and children, who were initially buried near Fort Craig in southern Socorro County, will be laid to rest for a final time at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 28. Among them were three Buffalo Soldiers, who were reburied with full military [...]

Civil war battlefield

The Glorietta Battlefield Trail was dedicated Sunday in northern New Mexico.
The Battlefield is the site of the westernmost major battle of the Civil War. It’s located on the Santa Fe Trail, east of the capital city.
The Battle of Glorietta Pass actually covered three significant phases of the war in March 1862.
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