2014 Camp of Instruction
Camp of Instruction
Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument announces the annual Camp of Instruction weekend on Friday and Saturday May 9th and 10th. At the start of the Civil War many New Mexicans who signed up for duty found themselves at one of two camps set up at Fort Union for instruction and training in the tactics of the Army. Fort Union National Monument brings this camp to life and invites you to join the men and women of the 3rd Regiment New Mexico Volunteers as they welcome new members, march and drill, interpret camp life, and have black powder demonstrations with muskets and the company's 12 Pound Mountain Howitzer. The event runs throughout both days, beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm.
Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025 X 0, or visit www.nps.gov/foun. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortunionNM.
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Did You Know?
A camel came into the posession of the depot quartermaster at Fort Union in 1862. This was one of several brought to the Southwest as a possible means of transporting military supplies.