Battle of Glorieta Pass
On March 26, 1862, Confederate forces launched the Battle of Glorieta Pass, aimed at breaking Union control of the West along the base of the Rocky Mountains.
In the early months of 1862, a portion of the Confederate Army set its sights on the vast western territories. Control of the Santa Fe Trail in Colorado Territory provided access to silver and gold mines and opened the way to California’s ports. This would provide a supply line to the Confederacy since the Union blockade had closed Southern ports on the East Coast.