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|Posted: Fri Sep 26th, 2008 07:49 pm||
|Bama it actually was a real battle , Glorietta Pass in northern New Mexico. Sometimes called the Gettysburg of the West. Three day battle where the Confederates were winning til the last day when their supply train was captured.
The Confederates were lead by Sibley. He had a vision to head west out of Texas to capture California gold and the Harbor here in Wilmington . He was a big dreamer he also was looking at the Gold fields of Colorado and the silver mines of Nevada.
Militia men came over the mountains from Colorado to meet in Apache canyon for the three day battle. Canby had been dueling with Sibley all up the Colorado River Valley , mainly at ValVerde.
So that part of the movie is real, but not done in a realistic manner. We watched the battle scene in Drum Barracks book discussion last December . Great giggles over the motar that was being fired and several other events in the movie.
I just went though Glorietta Pass and Apache Canyon on the train when I went to Springfield. You can see parts of the battlefield from the train. It is also a national park battlefield. It is part of a three part national park that includes an ancient Indian ruin, the first dude ranch in America and the battlefield. Most of the battlefield is still on private land. To see the battlefield you have to be escorted by a park ranger.
Jerry Thompson wrote a book on Sibley . There are also several interestig books on Glorietta Pass.
Bama there was also several other battles in the Southwest. The Pichacho pass is the futherest west. The Union troops came out of the Drum Barracks then called Camp Drum. The marched accross the desert to just west of Tucson and battled with Confederates. The Union troops were lead by Col Carlton later Brigadier James Carlton . He then led the troops on up to Fort Union where he established a new fort to keep the Santa Fe Trail open to Union supply lines. Carlton is later known for ordering Kit Carson to take the Navajo on what they call the Long Walk.
Last edited on Fri Sep 26th, 2008 07:56 pm by susansweet