2. Battle of Glorieta Pass
The majority of the Civil war was fought in the east, but one major battle that help keep the west out of Confederate hands was the “Battle of Glorietta Pass” in northern New Mexico.
Arizona at the time was part of the Confederate Territory, and the first real presence of the south’s presence in the western part of America. The Confederates knew if they would stand a chance in this war, they would have to continue moving west to California to gain unclaimed land and resources.
With that said, the troops from New Mexico, Texas started their march into Colorado and California territory before they were met by Union Troops at Glorieta Pass, where their supply units were exposed and the Union took advantage of it and ended their march to the west.
Glorieta Pass was also known as the “Gettysburg of TheWest” due to it’s outcome. It could had easily changed the course of the War.
3. Battle of Gettysburg
The “Battle of Gettysburg”, was known as one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and also one of its last. Gettysburg was such a pivotal moment during the war because it defined who would ultimately win.
With Lincoln’s presidency fading and his popularity faltering, General E. Lee saw this opportunity as the nail on the coffin for the Union.
With intense back and forth from both sides General E. Lee successfully defeated the North.