Manuel Antonio Chaves Photo

Manuel Antonio Chaves

Born: Oct 18, 1818

Birthplace: Albuquerque

Nationality: Spain

Manuel Antonio Chaves

Date of Birth : Oct 18, 1818
Birth Place : Albuquerque

Manuel Antonio Chaves or Chavez, known as El Leoncito, was a soldier in the Mexican Army and then became a rancher who lived in New Mexico. His life was full of incident, and his courage and marksmanship became literally legendary in his own time. In documented history, as an American soldier he helped win the American Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass and was in command during an important fight in the Navajo Wars. As a Mexican soldier he probably negotiated the surrender of a large part of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition.

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