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Thread #64354   Message #1058004
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
20-Nov-03 - 03:59 PM
Thread Name: how do you pronounce Antietam?
Subject: RE: how do you pronounce Antietam?
The battle of Valverde (New Mexico), won by the Confederates under Sibley in 1862, is named for the town on the Rio Grande River. General Sibley's forces, including the Fourth Texas Cavalry, advanced northward along the river and occupied Albuquerque. The territorial government abandoned Santa Fe and moved to Las Vegas. Santa Fe was occupied. Union volunteers from Colorado came to join the fray.
In what is known now as the Battle of Glorieta Pass, a series of skirmishes (at Pigeon Ranch, Apache Cañon) in the Glorieta Mountains east of Santa Fe, the Confederate troops lost most of their supplies. Never really defeated, they withdrew and never were a threat in the area again.
At Glorieta Pass, the Texas Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, in 1939 erected a monument "In loyal memory of the Texas Volunteers, Sibley's Brigade, CSA who died in service at Glorieta Pass, March 28, 1862."

I guess my point, sort of lost in the above, was that there were a lot of skirmishes that were named after geographic features, ranch or town locales, that fit no rules of nomenclature. The little "battles" outlined above, while very small when compared to the large battles in the east, secured the lands and routes to California for the Union.