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Photo 2: Glorieta Pass battlefield from Sharpshooters Ridge. [Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(Photo by Charles Bennett; Courtesy Museum of New Mexico, Neg. No. 148655)

This photograph was taken in 1990 from Sharpshooter's Ridge, just north of Pigeon's Ranch. It was the location of the Union right flank during the last day's battle. Much of the land in and around the battlefield remains intact because of its isolation from cities and the nature of the terrain.

Questions for Photo 2

1. Why was Sharpshooter's Ridge a strategic position for the Colorado Volunteers serving in the Union army?

2. Do you think it is important to preserve the battlefield from any future development and change? Why or why not?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 40 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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