"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 20 July 2000

Glorieta Battlefield Preservation

Pat Nagle, authoress of "GLORIETA PASS" and "THE GUNS OF VALVERDE" recently announced the organization of a new coalition (not yet named, it's so new!) to promote the preservation of the Civil War site known as the Glorieta Battlefield, which is located near Santa Fe, NM. The Glorieta Battlefield, often referred to as "the Gettysburg of the West," is one of the most threatened Civil War battlefields in the nation.

Companies D and E, 4th Texas Cavalry were from Milam County, Texas and participated in this battle. Capt. Charles Buckholts, (the town of Buckholts, Milam County, Texas was named for his brother, John), died during the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

A website for this preservation effort is located at:


The Battle of Glorieta Pass took place from March 16th through 28, 1862 and Union units, commanded by Colonel John P. Slough and Major John M. Chivington defeat General Sibley's forces and necessitated his retreat back to Texas. To read a short history of Sibley's Brigade, visit the Texas Handbook On-Line at:


The Glorieta Battlefield is in danger and the coalition is asking for letters to be written to Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, asking him: (1) to direct the State Highways and Transportation Dept. to resume the Environmental Impact Statement for the relocation of NM 50 highway away from the battlefield; and, (2) to support funding to acquire the remaining private property in the battlefield park area.

Letters from descendents of New Mexico Campaign veterans, historians, Civil War buffs, and/or genealogists will without doubt impress the Governor with the importance of the preservation of the Glorieta Battlefield. It is important to remember that almost one-third of Sibley's more than 2,500 men were lost during the New Mexico Campaign including the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

Hearing from individuals residing outside of New Mexico, who value the preservation of the Glorieta Battlefield, will make an enormous impression.

Please take a few minutes to help by writing: The Honorable Gary E. Johnson; Governor of New Mexico; State Capitol, Suite 400; Santa Fe, NM 87503.

A sample letter is online at:


You can also send Gov. Johnston an e-mail at: gov@gov.state.nm.us or visit the governor's website at:


Please send e-mail to TakeAction@npca.org to let them know you have written Gov. Johnson.

You can contact Pat Nagle at e-mail: nagle@mandala.net or visit her webpage at:


National Museum of the Pacific to Examine Pacific Air Operations During World War II

"Pacific Air Operations" during World War II will be the program topic at the Admiral Nimitz Museum's 2000 Symposium presented by the National Museum of the Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000 in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Noted scholars will join commanders, WWII Pacific war veterans, and Japanese pilots to discuss the strategies, courage and traditions that characterized Pacific operations for both the Allied and Japanese forces.

Actor and WWII veteran Cliff Robertson will moderate the two-days session which will feature panel presentations: (1) by members of the famed Flying Tigers, former Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots; (2) air operations at Pearl Harbor by Japanese pilots; (3) a demonstration of WWII aircraft at the Fredericksburg Airport; (4) a review of "special operations" with discussions of the Jimmy Doolittle strike against Japan, the missions to shoot down Yamamoto, the Commander of the Japanese Navy; (5) operations in the China-Burma-India theater; (6) the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, Guadalcanal, Coral Sea and Leyte; and, will conclude with (7) "Target Japan" and the defense of the Japanese homeland, focusing on the kamikaze suicide squads.

The Symposium is open to the public and will take place in the Auditorium at Fredericksburg High School (Highway 87 South and Stadium Drive). The cost is $40 per person for members of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and $50 for non-members. Lunch will be an additional $8 per day. There will be a dinner dance on Saturday evening and will cost $35 per person. Free parking.

Co-sponsors of the Symposium are the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Texas Parks & Wildlife, T.R.U.E. Research Foundation, the National Museum of Aviation, and the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

For registration information please contact the Admiral Nimitz Museum, P. O. Box 777, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, telephone: (830) 997-4379, ext. 228, or visit their website at: http://www.nimitz-museum.org/.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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