Battle of Peralta
Map of the New Mexico Campaign.
Map of the New Mexico and Arizona Territories at the time of the Civil War. Also depicts the portion that joined the Confederacy
CSA General Thomas Green, who commanded Confederate forces at Peralta.
Union General Edward Canby
Map of the Battle of Peralta
Snapshot from the battle of scene from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Backstory and Context
In the famed Clint Eastwood western, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, a battle scene between Union and Confederate forces takes place. The battle is intended to personify the Battle of Peralta and the New Mexico Campaign in general, though obviously exaggerated.
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