Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass Trail Guide


The battle of Glorieta Pass is referred to as "The Gettysburg of the West." It was here in the spring of 1862, along the Santa Fe Trail in the New Mexico Territory that Union troops thwarted an ambitious Confederate military campaign designed to expand the Confederacy westward. The Confederates hoped to take control of the mining riches of Colorado and press on to capture key ports in California.

The battle was fought over three days between March 26 and March 28, 1862. This trail guide helps bring to life the events of this battle. Relive the advances and retreats, read of the tactics that failed, and marvel at the daring Union march across Glorieta Mesa to destroy the vital Confederate supplies that led to ultimate Union Victory.

  • Published by Western National Parks Association in 2009
  • Written by Bob Mallin with contributions from Don Alberts and John Taylor
  • Audience: adult, young adult
  • Trim size: 4 1/4" x 6 1/4"
  • Page count: 14 pages
  • Binding style: saddle stitch
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58369-123-6
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