Plaque found on gazebo
Union General Edward Carby, taken sometime during the Civil War
CSA General Henry Sibley, taken 1865
Map depicting the routes and battles of the New Mexico Campaign of 1862
Map of the New Mexico and Arizona territories as of 1861. Also depicts the portion that joined the Confederacy.
Backstory and Context
The Union in response that same, organized its own army made up largely of men from California and the Colorado territory (as well as volunteers from the New Mexico territory, mainly made up of Hispanics), and commanded by General Edward Canby. Its goals were to drive out the Confederate forces and free the territories of the Confederacy as a whole, preserving both for the Union. After being defeated at the Battle of Valverde in February, Union forces still pressed on to oust the Confederacy. A major battle at Glorieta Pass commenced in late March, resulting in a major Union victory. Confederate forces retreated to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, when in early April, both forces clashed here in Albuquerque. Really a skirmish, it was pretty mild with very few wounded and death. Confederate forces were forced to retreat, leaving some men behind. Some of those left succumbed to wounds or illness and buried in the Old Town Plaza. Forces clashed again the next week in Peralta and was another Union victory. Confederate forces left for Mexico and Texas; the Confederate government of the territory also fleeing. New Mexico and Arizona territories were now securely in Union hands.
In remembrance of the battle here in Albuquerque and the short stint as a Confederate city, the city and local clubs of various Confederate organizations established plaques in memory of Confederate soldiers near by similar plaques to the Union who were here. The original plaque was set up between late 1800s and early 1900s. This new one was set up in the 1970s.
*For more information on the Battle of Albuquerque and for sources and links, go to the Battle of Albuquerque entry.