Did you know there is a Civil War Battlefield just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico? Come along as we visit this historical American Civil War battlefield in New Mexico. Glorieta Pass is a Civil War battlefield referred to as the Gettysburg of the West. It lays within the Pecos National Historical Park. And is a great day trip from Santa Fe or Albuquerque.
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Pigeon’s Ranch was a stop along Route 66. But during the Civil War it was a stage stop and waystation along the Santa Fe Trail.
All that still exists is a hand dug water well. And a well preserved adobe structure. Both were witness to the Battle of Glorieta.
Up on the ridge above the adobe structure is Sharpshooter Ridge. It is on this ridge that the Union soldiers held their ground.
You can visit the building and well and take pictures and reflect. But walking up to the building and ridge is a closed area at this time. There is a turn off across the street on Highway 50 (old Route 66) where you can park and take pictures.
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A homeowner across the street from Pigeon Ranch was adding a garage. During the preliminary digging, he came across thirty-one bodies in a mass grave. The bodies belonged to Confederate soldiers that died during the Glorieta Pass battle. One of the men was a commanding officer in his own grave.
By using personal items with the bodies and eyewitness accounts, the archeologist were able to determine the identity of some of the men. They contacted their descendants, to ask what they would like to do with the bodies. Most opted for them to be reinterred in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Not only are many of the Confederate soldiers buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. But so are many of the Union soldiers. Many of the Union soldiers are in graves with “Unknown” on the headstone. Find the location of their gravesites on our map below.
Did you know that Confederate soldier’s headstones are pointed and Union soldiers are not?
This is a perfect stop as you are on a road trip to or from Colorado or Texas. Or maybe you are staying in Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Las Vegas, New Mexico.
The National Park is open year-round. If you love history, photography, or looking for an easy day hike, then this is the place for you. Most of the ruin area is accessible to wheelchairs. And dogs are allows on a leash.
Make sure while you are visiting, that you carve enough time to visit the Fork Lighting Ranch and Glorieta Pass Battlefield. Both involved in an American Civil War battle referred to as the Gettysburg of the West.
We stayed at the Santa Fe KOA Journey campground. We had a wonderful one-room cabin. The campground was well shaded and quite. It sits off of interstate Highway 25. And is only miles from Pecos National Historical Park and Glorieta Pass Civil War battlefield. Santa Fe and the Santa Fe National Cemetery is just up the road.
The Santa Fe KOA has a great common patio area where you can grill a steak, have a glass of wine, or just read a book. While relaxing on the well shaded patio. I was delighted by the hummingbirds whizzing by while reading my Roadside History of New Mexico book.
We use the campground as our home base. From there we were able to visit the Santa Fe Plaza, San Miguel Mission, Palace of the Governors and Loretto Chapel and of course the Pecos National Historical Park.
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