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Published on Jan 28, 2012
NEW MEXICO'S LARGEST CIVIL WAR 150th ANNIVERSARY EVENT On May 5-6, 2012, south of Santa Fe
The largest commemoration of the Civil War battles fought 150 years ago in New Mexico will be May 5-6, 2012, at the state's nonprofit living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) south of Santa Fe.
In 1862 the Confederate dream of a nation from the Atlantic to the Pacific ended in New Mexico. The westernmost battles of the Civil War were fought in New Mexico. Most of the soldiers who defended New Mexico from the Confederates were Hispanics who spoke little or no English.
One Hispanic soldier, Manuel Antonio Chaves, helped defeat the Confederates in the pivotal battle by leading fellow Union soldiers to a lightly-guarded supply train. A legend in his own lifetime, he was known as El Leoncito, the little lion.
The May 5-6 event will honor Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in New Mexico through battle reenactments, demonstrations, first-person portrayals, interactive visitor participation, candlelight tours, an exhibit of actual battlefield artifacts, and a tribute ceremony. The event will be on 200 scenic acres among the 34 historic structures of El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
The event is a partnership among the State of New Mexico, New Mexico National Guard (whose units fought in the Civil War in New Mexico), El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico Civil War Commemorative Congress, and the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
More information is available from www.golondrinas.org and 505-471-2261.