Brigadier General Diego Archuleta (1814)

March 27, 1814 is the birthday of Diego Archuleta, the first Latino to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the US armed forces.  Archuleta was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  During the Mexican American War, Archuleta fought with Mexico against the US.  During the US Civil War, he joined the Union troops against the Confederates.  Archuleta fought as part of the New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the Battle of Valverde on February 21, 1862.