The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

The New Mexico Geological Society hosts has hosted an annual fall field conference since 1950. It’s three day technical conference in different part of New Mexico each year. While it’s targeted at geoscience practitioners and highly technical in nature, there are often papers included in the published guidebook that are of general interest. In the 1983 Fall Field Conference in the Socorro area, an excellent paper was published that gives good overview of the Civil War in New Mexico. In light of the fact that we’ve spent the past week looking at the Civil War at the Pecos National Historical Park, this article offers a review of some of what was presented.

The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

Enjoy!

2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment – Presentation Recordings

Thank you for joining the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and the Park staff during this past week commemorating the Civil War in New Mexico. As promised, each of the four presentation recordings is now available. They’ve been posted on a permanent webpage , or for your convenience they are listed below. Each recording includes the speaker presentation and the chat window. Enjoy!

Night 1 – The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande ValleyVideo

Night 2 – Civil War MedicineVideo

Night 3 – Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862 – Video

Night 4 – Snow, Sheep, and the Santa Fe Trail: The Environmental History of the Battle of Glorieta Pass – Video

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Civil War Encampment video series – Sharpshooter’s Ridge

The third video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Sharpshooter’s Ridge that overlooks the Glorieta Pass Battlefield site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the third of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts at 7 PM MDT and will feature

“Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862  

Homestead National Historical Park’s historian Jonathan Fairchild will explore the interconnected story of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Civil War via a live Zoom program. He will share the events and legislation that led up to both the Civil War and the passage of the Homestead Act, which granted 270 million acres of free land in 30 states across the country. The program will also examine the impact and legacy of that law on Civil War veterans. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; Register by noon Mountain time, 3/23 -> peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Civil War Encampment Video Series – Cañoncito

The second video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Cañoncito site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the second of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts a 7 PM MDT and will feature

Civil War Medicine  

Join Fort Scott National Historic Site Park Ranger Barak Geertsen for an interactive Zoom program about Civil War medicine. Participants will learn how Fort Scott provided care to the sick and wounded, discover aspects of medical treatments of the time and compare them to modern methods, and discover how many medical items at the time were used in diagnosing and curing illness. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park.  Registration required; Register by noon Mountain time, 3/23  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Civil War Encampment Video Series – Camp Lewis

The first video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Camp Lewis site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the first of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts a 7 PM MDT and will feature

The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley  

Join Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Jorge Hernández live on Zoom for the screening of the new short film: The Illinois 29th United States Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley. Following the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, African American soldiers of the Illinois 29th USCT continued their military service in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. There the fight for freedom and equality took on a different meaning and experience. Ranger Hernández will introduce the video and host a live question and answer session afterward.

There is still time to register until 3 PM MDT – peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment Videos Release Schedule

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park announces the upcoming release of videos showcasing unseen areas of the Glorieta Pass battlefield as part of this year’s Civil War Encampment. The videos highlight areas protected by Pecos National Historical Park that were integral to the 1862 battle including Camp Lewis, Sharpshooter’s Ridge and Cañoncito. They will be shared on social media during the week of March 22nd

Fort Union National Monument will also be producing and distributing videos that explore the importance of the fort and its soldiers in the battle. These videos will highlight the New Mexico Volunteers and the Fort Union Star Fort, and will include an historic weapons demonstration showing artillery used during the campaign at Glorieta Pass. 

Videos will debut the week of March 22, 2021. Look for them at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnpshttps://www.facebook.com/PNHPfriends, and https://www.facebook.com/FortUnionNM

Many thanks to park partners, including the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument, for helping to produce and host these videos. 

For more information on Civil War Encampment programming or for more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Instagram (https:/www.instagram.com/pecos_nps

2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment – Schedule of Events

Pecos, NM:  The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place virtually this year! From Monday, March 22nd to Friday, March 26th, the park will co-host online educational programs and discussions. From Glorieta to Gettysburg and everything in between, this is an event for the whole family! Join us from the comfort of your home as we discuss the lives of African American soldiers, Civil War era medicine, the environmental impact of the war and more! Most virtual events require registration. See below for more details.  

Schedule of Events:  

Monday, March 22  

7:00 p.m. MT  

The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley  

Join Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Jorge Hernández live on Zoom for the screening of the new short film: The Illinois 29th United States Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley. Following the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, African American soldiers of the Illinois 29th USCT continued their military service in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. There the fight for freedom and equality took on a different meaning and experience. Ranger Hernández will introduce the video and host a live question and answer session afterward. Research for this film was funded by a grant from the National Park Foundation. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  

Tuesday, March 23  

7:00 p.m. MT                                                          

Civil War Medicine  

Join Fort Scott National Historic Site Park Ranger Barak Geertsen for an interactive Zoom program about Civil War medicine. Participants will learn how Fort Scott provided care to the sick and wounded, discover aspects of medical treatments of the time and compare them to modern methods, and discover how many medical items at the time were used in diagnosing and curing illness. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park.  Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Wednesday, March 24  

7:00 p.m. MT  

“Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862  

Homestead National Historical Park’s historian Jonathan Fairchild will explore the interconnected story of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Civil War via a live Zoom program. He will share the events and legislation that led up to both the Civil War and the passage of the Homestead Act, which granted 270 million acres of free land in 30 states across the country. The program will also examine the impact and legacy of that law on Civil War veterans. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Thursday, March 25  

7:00 p.m. MT                                          

Snow, Sheep, and the Santa Fe Trail: The Environmental History of the Battle of Glorieta Pass  

History isn’t made by humans alone. New Mexico’s unique flora, fauna, climate, and geography played a decisive role in the Battle of Glorieta Pass, one of the westernmost contests of the American Civil War. The battle took place in 1862 along the Santa Fe Trail, a crucial agent of environmental change, which funneled soldiers, settlers, livestock, and trade caravans into the Pecos Valley. Join National Trails historian Guy McClellan for this Zoom program as he unpacks some of the non-human forces at work during “the Gettysburg of the West.”  Hosted by the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Friday, March 26  

7:00 p.m. MT  

“The Gettysburg of the West?” 

Tune in as Gettysburg National Military Park’s Chief of Interpretation Christopher Gwinn and Pecos National Historical Park volunteer Dr. Claudia Floyd engage in a friendly debate over whether the Battle of Glorieta Pass was truly the “Gettysburg of the West”. Hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation. Link to the program will be available on www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps and www.facebook.com/GettysburgVisitorCenterNo registration required.  

To register for programs hosted by the Friends of the Pecos NHP, please e-mail peco_visitor_information@nps.gov with your name, phone number and the topics of the lectures for which you would like to register. Registration must be received no later than noon the day of the event. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to join the presentation. We have a limited number of available slots, so please register early. If you have any questions, please call 505-757-7272.  

Many thanks to park partners, including the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and the Gettysburg Foundation for hosting these educational events. For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/pecoYou will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps)