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CIVIL WAR BATTLE'S REENACTMENT PART OF WEEKEND'S FESTITIVIES 03/26/99 The original Battle of Glorieta Pass in the Civil War occurred 137 years ago. The latest reenactment of the Confederates' victory takes place this weekend. The 1862 battle will be brought to life again when Pecos National Historical Park hosts another Civil War Weekend in commemoration of the battle. The events that started Friday and will run through Sunday will include battlefield tours and a play performed by Pecos Middle School seventh-graders. The play, Glory! Glorieta, will re-create the battle in which the Confederates fought against 2,000 Union soldiers. The 3,000 Confederate soldiers who entered the state in 1862 hoped that by winning the battle they would take control of what was then the territory of New Mexico and eventually the entire West. But it didn't turn out that way. The actual three-day conflict was won by the Confederates. but they had to retreat to Texas after Union troops destroyed their supplies. As a result, the Confederates were unable to complete their plan of taking over the New Mexico territory. Park guide Kristy Wallisch said the weekend's events aim to teach the public about the way the Civil War affected ordinary people. "We want to look at what this meant for area farmers and Army doctors and ordinary soldiers," Wallisch said. Wallisch also said many people are unaware of the Civil War's history in the West. Had the Confederates not gone back to Texas, she said, they would have been able to take over the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Union north of Las Vegas, N.M., which at the time was a major military supply depot. In addition, the Confederates would have gained entrance into Colorado, where the silver and gold mines would have funded the Confederate cause. "This (event) is just a great opportunity, especially for kids, to see history come to life," Wallisch said.
http://www.sltrib.com/03271999/public_f/93498.htm Found in Bingham's Fort was the grave site of a Spanish Jesuit priest, and an abundance of arrowheads have been discovered in the fields of the Erastus Bingham. We hope that Ogden City officials would not repeat the mistakes of the past by failing to recognize the Native American and pioneer significance of the area. It all must be preserved as an historic district as recommended by the Sagebrush Consultants.
http://www.indiancountry.com:80/A1.html The scientific team selected by Department of Interior archaeologist Dr. Francis McManamon continues to sift through the mounds of scientific information gathered from their recent study of Kennewick Man at the Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle. The team's initial findings are not expected to be released for at least another month.
http://www.sltrib.com:80/1999/mar/03261999/commenta/93134.htm The Onate controversy is creating deep wounds among the cultures, as the media are erroneously projecting it as a battle pitting Hispanics vs. Native people. It's actually a battle between some Hispanics who insist on honoring Onate, and Onate only, vs. seemingly everyone else.
http://www.adn.com:80/stories/T99032395.html A 26-year old Craig man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Ketchikan to stealing the 1,400-year-old human remains from an old Native grave site on Hecata Island in Southeast Alaska.
http://www.ft.com Financial Times archives 27 March 1999 What has happened to all the mummies in the Peruvian desert. Fifty pence each had bought us an entrance ticket into what must be one of the world's most extraordinary tourist attractions - the Chauchilla cemetery.
http://chicagotribune.com/news/metro/chicago/article/0,1051,ART-26063,00.html The future is bright for the coyote who wandered into the heart of Chicago Thursday morning, taking shelter under a taxi [ ... maybe it KNEW archaeologists were in town for the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology ]
http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/psu-wsm031999.html Jay Silverstein, graduate student in anthropology at Penn State, may have proof that Aztec reports of annihilation of the Chontal were grossly exaggerated. The Chontal were caught between two great pre-Hispanic empires. Usually, people in this situation are written out of history, but the archaeological remains show that the Chontal played an integral role in the defense of the Aztec empire and maintained their identity even after the Spanish came.