just back from the 1860s part three…

When last we met we were in the midst of the battle.  The fight lasted on and off all day as each side advanced and retreated several times.  Another interesting trivia fact,  while Las Golondrinas hosts the reenactment it is not the site of the actual skirmish,  the action was centered in Apache Canyon about 20 miles east or so (as the crow flies).  The nice field you are seeing here was not available for the soldiers instead the terrain was hilly, rocky, cactus,  juniper, piñon scrub.  In other words.. hell on earth.   

At the end of a hard day a temporary truce was instigated by the Confederates under the guise of tending to those injured and killed.  At the time the Union had no way of knowing that just a couple of miles down the road the Confederate Supply wagons had been set upon and destroyed,  leaving the men with little more than the shirts on their backs.  (Johnson Ranch, where the wagons were discovered by Union Troops is less than 2 miles from my home here in Santa Fe). 

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Calling for the truce…

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Removing the injured from the field.  Another interesting trivia tidbit,  the army finally had to train medics to be stretcher bearers as they found that they had too many volunteers more than willing to put down their guns and carry their fellow mates to safety (as it meant leaving the front lines themselves).

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The end comes full circle with the beginnings.  Already a new generation of history buffs being brought up.  Plenty of re-enactors out there for years to come!

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Until we meet again…

 

 

 

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