The winter and spring of 1862 were turbulent times for the nation and for the young territory of New Mexico. A Confederate force of some 2,800 soldiers invaded the territory and fought two large battles and several smaller skirmishes before retreating back to Texas in defeat. This presentation traces the origins and outcomes of this unique period of New Mexico history.

John Taylor retired in 2010 as the manager of the Integrated Technologies and Systems Strategic Management Group Support Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Stanford University and was a member of Sandia’s technical and management staff for 35 years. He is the author or co-author of 50 technical reports and 11 books on a variety of topics including New Mexico history, soccer science, and naval history.