Groups commemorating the Battle of Glorieta Pass on its 160th anniversary

On Saturday, multiple groups are holding an event at the Plaza in Santa Fe to honor the sacrifice of the brave Union soldiers who fought the Confederacy in the victorious 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass, helping to stop the Confederates from moving west. 

The Battle was a decisive Union victory in the American Civil War, fought near Pecos in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, which forced the Confederacy to flee with their remaining forces to the Territory of Arizona, then Texas.

The event will be held near the Soliders’ Monument obelisk, first erected in 1866, honoring the Union soldiers, which was toppled by hate groups and out-of-state activists in October 2020. The Santa Fe district attorney let all of the guilty go free, claiming “restorative justice” was their punishment. 

“Unfortunately, there are some in our community [who] don’t fully understand our history or the sacrifices New Mexicans have made in the cause of freedom for all our residents. And although the Soliders’ Monument was vandalized … leaving our community itself feeling damaged, we can take a positive step [toward] healing by remembering why it is there. Honoring our brave veterans still with us and reviving the old tradition of honoring past generations that fought and died for the freedoms we all enjoy today,” a video for the event noted. 

Multiple groups are putting on the event, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Union Protectiva de Santa Fe, Road Warriors, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Hispanic Anti-Defamation League, and the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico, according to the ads for the event.

The event begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 26, featuring “great speakers and a brief history lesson” being given by a historian. The names of the soldiers fallen in battle will be read aloud to honor their memory. 

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