Battle of Glorieta Pass, 28 March 1862 (part 1)

All images copyright © 2012 by Wm. Robert Johnston.

In March 1862, an invasion of New Mexico by Confederate forces culminated in a battle near Glorieta Pass, near present day Pecos. The Texan Confederate forces and Union troops battled on 26 March, both forces withdrawing and receiving reinforcments the following day. On 28 March the fighting resumed, with the Confederate forces attaining a victory on the battlefield--only to find their supply train burned by Union troops who had circled around their rear. With the loss of supplies, the Confederates were forced to return to Texas, ending Confederate hopes of taking the U.S. southwest.

A portion of the battle site is preserved in Pecos National Historical Park, which this year has commemorated the 150th anniversary of the battle. These pictures are from a battle reenactment on 6 May 2012 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum on a ranch near the Santa Fe County Airport.

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Go to Part 2 for more pictures.

© 2012 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 15 May 2010.
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