The long-expected engagement in New Mexico came off at Valverde, on the east bank of the Rio Grande, four miles above Fort Craig on Friday, February 21. The battle commenced at eight o’clock in the morning and lasted until sunset. The action was commenced by a portion of Col. Baylor’s regiment, 200 strong, under the … Read moreThe battle of Valverde, a soldier’s account of the battle.
The battlefield itself lies in wilderness and is mostly unmarked. The first problem was locating where the events of 1861 occurred. Adding to this problem is the river itself which has changed it’s course several times over the years. With the assistance of a local historian and archeologist, we were able to locate the location … Read moreValverde Battlefield (Photos Gallery)
In the summer of 1861, Lt. Col. John R. Baylor led a small band of Texans in occupying the Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico when a much larger 3,000-man Confederate Army joined it. In command of the Confederate Army of New Mexico was Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley, a twenty-two-year veteran of the antebellum … Read moreThe battle of Valverde