Skip to comments.Trail Dust: Family, town pay tribute to Civil War veteran with gravestone ceremony
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 ...
New Mexico PING!
A thumbnail biography of Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Antonio Chaves is from NEW MEXICO: A BRIEF MULTI-HISTORY can be found here:
Kartog, just out of curiosity, do you think a town like San Mateo would have high-speed internet?
They would be luck to have phone service.
***...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.
Thanks, just curious about rural services like that.
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