OldWestNewWest.com: History & Travel Magazine

Feb 22nd
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It surprises many people to hear that the American Civil War actually reached into the Southwest, into today's states of Arizona and New Mexico, and that Confederate forces once occupied Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Compared to the battles that raged east of the Mississippi River, where tens of thousands of Union and Confederate forces faced and fought each other, the fighting in the deserts and mountains of the Southwest was more like a series of skirmishes.
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