(This a repost that I submitted on another forum as well)
Good Morning respected forum members!
I'm just dropping off a note to remind everyone that today, April 15th, is the 150th Anniversary of our little battle at Picacho Pass.
It was a small affair in the overall flow of the American Civil War, but it had significant ramifications concerning the expansion of the Confederacy into the Southwest and California. It also determined the current boundry line between Arizona and New Mexico.
While the truly large battle of Shiloh was raging in the east, the Clash at Picacho Pass was helping determine the future of the American Southwest.
So while the the major Civil War events were taking place back East, don't forget that soldiers with dreams and aspirations were sacrificing and shedding blood "out west" for what they believed in as well.
Today, I am going to do some trimming, raking and general clean-up of our little memorial here in the park commemorating the Picacho Pass engagement. I do hope that someone remembers this anniversary and drops by for a little interpretaion. It does me well to speak with people (especially the young and military) about the events of the Southwestern Campaign of 1861-1862!
Good Day to all!