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Battle of Valverde

American Civil War Battle (1862)

During the battle of Valverde (February 20-21, 1862), during Sibley's New Mexico Campaign, while trying to make a river crossing the Confederate Army (under Henry Hopkins Sibley) was quickly attacked and driven back to a very good defensive position. The Union forces under Edward Canby were repositioning themselves when a quick and decisive counterattack came from the Confederate positions driving the Union Army from the field.

As a result of this battle the Confederate forces would occupy the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the seceded area known as the Confederate Arizona Territory.

The primary site of interpretation for this battlefield is at Fort Craig National Historic Site.

Submitted By:  David Allison


 
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