THE KIT CARSON HOME AND MUSEUM ACQUIRES HISTORIC SPEECH DELIVERED AT KIT CARSON’S REBURIAL IN TAOS ON NOVEMBER 30, 1869
The Museum acquired an important hand-written speech from Heritage Auctions last year. This original speech was written by Kit Carson’s friend and comrade, Pedro Mondragon of Mora, New Mexico. The two men were in the battle of Valverde together in 1862. Kit and Josefa Carson left Taos in 1867 to farm land in Colorado. In April of 1868, Josefa gave birth to their ninth child. Josefa fell ill from the birth and died on April 27, 1868. One month to the day later, Kit succumbed to a carotid artery aneurysm, which burst in his neck. In his will, Kit asked that his and Josefa’s bodies be disinterred when the weather was cooler and brought to Taos for reburial. Their friends and family honored this wish and on November 30, 1868, Pedro Mondragon read this speech at Kit’s grave.
This original document is an important piece of American and Taos history. The Museum would like to thank the family of Minnie Lou Stephens, whose bequest to the Museum made the purchase of this speech possible.