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Texas Mounted Rifles

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Last Edited: August 21, 2005, 11:41 pm

You Texans traveling in New Mexico in the Santa Fe area.  When you get tired of the casinos, the museums, the various jewelry and art ripoffs, if you find yourself with time on your hands and would like to have a look at some unusual and little known Texas history, it will be right down the highway from you.

For that matter, you could begin by visiting the National Cemetary on the north end of town.  There are a number of Texans buried there who were killed at the Battle of Glorietta, just down the road.  The bodies were discovered during the 1980s, fought over by Texans and New Mexicans for some while, and finally given a nice ceremony and burial in the National Cemetary.

Reinactment folks did a Confederate funeral march with the coffins on caissons after a church ceremony.... a large crowd followed, including me, a mile or so to the cemetary.  There, the Texan reinactors were joined by yankee reinactors .... did some field piece salutes over the site and black powder musket salutes over the graves after the coffins were lowered.

Pretty impressive event.  I don't know how those young men would have felt about being buried there, about having modern reinactors who probably ain't half the man any of them  simulating their costumes and whatnot.  It might not have been worthy of them, but it was probably better than the mass grave they'd been lying in since shortly after they fell.

If any of you exhibit any interest in the subject I'll give you a rundown of the battle.  Meanwhile, I'll post a few pictures of the site of the main confrontation, where these men fell.

This is the old Pigeon's Ranch House.  It was the forward Union position before they were routed.  Their artillery positions were located on the high ground behind the building and scattered back and to the left.  The Texan advance came from the left, from Santa Fe where they'd sent the Territorial Government into exile ahead of them.

Although there was a considerable artillery duel, a major part of the battle was fought by mounted riflement and Union infantry.  The wall you see just to the left of the house was one of the infantry positions, as well as artillery.  As late as 1949 you could (I did) dig lead balls out of that wall with a pocket knife.

The rock outcropping above was a nest of Union snipers.  They're probably responsible for hitting the riders who are now buried at the National Cemetary.  The grave was below and to the left.

Here's the ranch house from the sniper position, though they'd have been focused on the far right.  There were two Texan artillery positions, one off the picture about 1 oclock, another about 2 oclock.  But the real action was below them, 3 and 4 oclock.  Things were hot enough in this positon to cause them a hasty retreat when the Texans took the position shown in the picture.

The rock faces are still pockmarked by bullet strikes above where those Texans fell.

If any of you want to know more about any of this, or if you think you might get up that way to nose around, let me know.

Jack

 

 

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Comments

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LANTERNComment by LANTERN - August 23, 2005, 1:36 am
It is nice of you to post about that, but I am not too interested in history, maybe others here will.
Good luck.
About Rosswell and the aliens, I am a little more interested in that.
Also about caves and their explorations.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - August 23, 2005, 7:40 am
Hi Lantern. Thanks for the comment. I wonder sometimes what interests blog readers. I don't mind letting my thoughts meander into those directions if there's anything I can add to what they already know. When the 'Roswell Incident' happened I was a pre-schooler living about 90 miles east of Roswell. But the actual crash site was up at Corona, which is a long way from Roswell and a long way from where I was. The people in Corona who knew the rancher where it happened believed the story.... that part of it, anyway, and their kids and grandkids still believe it.

And the deputy from Soccoro who had the encounter with another craft, or a piece of the same one a bit later believed what happened to him enough to allow it to destroy his nerves and his life. People down there who knew him didn't necessarily believe his story, but they believed he believed it. The area down around the Trinity Site south of Socorro still gets enough strange sightings routinely to make it difficult to keep entirely out of the mind. When I lived down there it was a more-or-less coffeeshop thread every week or so.

Maybe sometime I'll make an entry or two about the NM alien phenomenon. My impressions is that New Mexicans tend to be more conscious of the subject than most places.

I haven't done much spelunking in NM, so I can't say much about it. Done some exploring of old mine shafts, but not caves. Mine shafts tend to give me the fantods worse than caves, however, and I don't go into them if I don't think I need to in order to see what's down there.

Thanks again, amigo.

Jack




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LANTERNComment by LANTERN - August 23, 2005, 9:06 pm
Yes, thank you and I would like to hear more about the landing and about the aliens and the sightings. As to tunnels and caves it is best not to go into them, but if you do then be very very carefull.
I would also like to hear about native New Mexican indians and about their history.
And also about Mexican and American indian history.
Thank you much.
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - August 23, 2005, 9:52 pm
Thanks Lantern.
I'll start putting some of that stuff into the mix. Most of it is of some interest to me, so I seem to find myself learning about it without particularly intending to.

My thought at the moment is that the general focus on 'right now' aliens in New Mexico is a tunnel complex up by Dulce on the Colorado boundary. Every now and then someone has a story or two to tell about that thing. There's a guy, murdered in the late 90s who used to go around telling about it, claimed he helped create those tunnels. Claimed the things living down there sort of went bad and at that point he'd pull back his shirt and show a number of bullet wound scars on his chest, neck and shoulder. He claimed those came when he and some Special Forces guy came off the elevator taking them down.... firefight, Special Forces guy dead, alien dead, him badly injured.

The guy started telling the story and according to him, got a lot of harassment from the black suits for quite a while, survived a couple of attempts on his life. Then came one he didn't survive. I don't know whether his death was related to the other stuff or not.

To be honest, the guy was a bit frenzied in his speaking. Didn't inspire a lot of confidence. But a person might get that way living the way he was living the last few months of his life, which is when I saw him.

Jack

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