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Trail Dust: Family, town pay tribute to Civil War veteran with gravestone ceremony
Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 5/25/12 | Marc Simmons

Posted on 05/26/2012 2:57:04 AM PDT by Kartographer

The little town of San Mateo, population roughly 200, lies at the end of N.M. 605, some 22 miles north of Grants. It is a historic place, nestled in a secluded pocket of a valley almost in the shadow of 11,300-foot Mount Taylor.

On a recent Saturday, San Mateo hummed with activity as it prepared to honor one of its most illustrious citizens from the past, Lt. Col. Manuel Antonio Chaves (1818-89).

In the course of time, the location of the old soldier's grave in the local cemetery had become lost. Phillip Marquez, a collateral descendant, some years ago set out to pinpoint the burial plot known to contain the remains of Chaves and his wife, Vicenta.

(Excerpt) Read more at santafenewmexican.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
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The was some man who clearly lived life on his terms.
1 posted on 05/26/2012 2:57:17 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

New Mexico PING!

A thumbnail biography of Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Antonio Chaves is from NEW MEXICO: A BRIEF MULTI-HISTORY can be found here:

http://www.historynothype.com/MA_Chavez.htm


2 posted on 05/26/2012 3:02:12 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Kartog, just out of curiosity, do you think a town like San Mateo would have high-speed internet?


3 posted on 05/26/2012 3:07:26 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

They would be luck to have phone service.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 3:09:35 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

***...the location of the old soldier’s grave in the local cemetery had become lost.***

Does it really matter? Set up a stone in honor of him in the cemetery.

Billy the Kid’s grave stone was washed away in a flood many years ago. The citizens made a new stone and didn’t know where to put it, so they just stuck it in the cemetery where it is today.


5 posted on 05/26/2012 7:01:22 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you cn get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks, just curious about rural services like that.


6 posted on 05/26/2012 7:02:17 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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