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Prince Michael Jauregui

Thank you Mr. Martinez for another excellent and well-written article. Although, sometimes I was led to consider some parts of Southern N.M. still -gasp- Texas.

Michael Welsh

There was a scholar years ago who was writing a history of his family in 19th century New Mexico. He told one story of his great-aunt, I believe, who was captured by the retreating Southern forces after the defeat at Glorieta Pass. I cannot remember the village near Albuquerque where the Confederates took women with them, but the scholar's journey to find out what happened to his ancestor was the basis of his narrative. His ancestor supposedly contracted syphillis from the soldiers, became blind from the disease, and died in a convent somewhere in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The scholar said that this happened to many nuevamexicanas, since the territorial forces, brave as they were at Glorieta Pass, could not protect their people as the southerners headed home.

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