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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

Battle of Glorieta Pass: A Shattered Dream

examines a Civil War battle known as the "Gettysburg of the West." Texans invaded this mountain valley, intent on conquering New Mexico. Victory here would be a necessary prelude to detaching the western states from the Union and expanding the Confederacy to the Pacific Ocean. They were met by volunteers from Colorado along the canyon and ridge on 03/26, 1862. A three-day battle ensued, culminating in the Confederates retreating to Texas and the Confederate hopes of expanding west shattered. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Fight at Pigeon's Ranch.  (Roy Anderson, artist; Courtesy of Pecos National Historical Park)

Pigeon's Ranch

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