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Battle of Glorieta Burials Collection

Identifier: AC 455

Scope and Content

Collection pertains largely to the excavation of Confederate soldiers in 1987. Collection also pertains exhibition material, as well as genealogical information for those who served in the New Mexico campaign.


  • 1862-1995
  • Majority of material found in 1987-1991

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

In 1862 the Confederates under General Henry H. Sibley invaded New Mexico in an attempt to expand the Confederacy to the Pacific. Although scoring a victory at Valverde, Sibley's forces were defeated at Glorieta by Union forces under Colonel Chivington. The Battle of Glorieta is titled "Gettysburg of the west" because the Confederate advance into the west was halted much like how the Confederate advance in Pennsylvania was halted and turned back. In 1987 31 of the 34 Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Glorieta were found. It is debated as to what should be done with the bodies, whether they should go to the Veterans Cemetery in Santa Fe, or be returned to Texas, where they were from.


0.5 linear foot

Language of Materials


Inventory of the Battle of Glorieta Burials Collection, 1862-1991
Edited Full Draft
James Tilly, Intern
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090