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The Latest: Governor rejects tribute to Civil War fighter

March 6, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico’s recognition of a Hispanic Civil War soldier who also fought against Native Americans (all times local):

2 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to veto funding for a bronze bust recognizing the accomplishments of a Hispanic soldier in the U.S. Civil War who also led armed campaigns against Native Americans.

Martinez spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell said Monday that there will be a veto of the $50,000 proposal for a bronze bust of Manuel Antonio Chaves in the state Capitol. She says that money would be better spent on at a local school or on a law enforcement project.

Chaves is credited with leading a Union Army attack on a supply caravan during the 1862 battle at Glorieta Pass in New Mexico that turned back the western advance of Confederate forces.

But he also led bloody campaigns against the Navajo and other American Indian tribes in the mid-1800s and had close ties to a community known for enslaving Native Americans.

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1 a.m.

New Mexico state lawmakers are seeking new recognition for the Civil War heroism of a Hispanic soldier for the Union Army who also led violent campaigns against Native Americans in the mid-19th century and had close ties to a community known for enslaving American Indians.

An infrastructure bill approved by the Legislature would place a bronze bust of Manuel Antonio Chaves in the Statehouse. Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has until Wednesday to act on the Legislation.

Chaves is credited with leading a crucial Union attack on a supply caravan during the 1862 battle at Glorieta Pass that helped halt the western advance of Confederate forces. A biography of Chaves says he led 450 volunteers in an armed campaign against the Navajos in 1860 that captured women and children.

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