Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 25, 1862

March 25, 1862:  Trans-Mississippi Theater, New Mexico Campaign – The Confederate force in New Mexico is divided into three columns---one under Col. Tom Green is moving east from Santa Fe, another under Col. Scurry is 15 miles south of Santa Fe., and the third is moving out from Santa Fe under Major Pyron (380 men) and marches toward Ft. Union.  Tonight, Pyron camps at the mouth of Apache Canyon at Johnson’s Ranch.  Col Slough, with the Union force, sends Maj. John Chivington and 400 Colorado troops ahead; by this evening, Chivington is camping 13 miles east of Pyron’s troops.  Union pickets capture several Confederate pickets, and Chivington finds out from them where Pyron’s rebels are camped, and their strength. 

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