Battle at Picacho Peak: Civil War Re-Enactment

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It’s been some time since we’ve been able to get out & have some fun due to time constraints, the flu & injuries but today we managed to make it out to the 150th Anniversary of the Engagement of Picacho Pass.

Yankee Union horse cavalry, Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
This post is IMAGE HEAVY.

The Civil War re-enactments were a 2 day event. They did re-enactments of Valverde, Glorietta Pass, and Picacho Pass. We stayed for the Valverde & Glorietta Pass battles. The actual Picacho skirmish only consisted of 12 Union cavalry troopers, 1 scout and a lieutenant against 10 Confederates.

In between the battles were demonstrations, fashion shows, a church service, theatrical shows plus camps and vendors booths to visit.

Yankee Union soldier practicing with rifle Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
Which end is which?

Female Yankee Union officer Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union soldier practicing with rifle Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union northern horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union northern horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union northern horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate southern army marching Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Sawbones surgeon doctor Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
Old sawbones…  can you imagine how horrible it must’ve been having a limb literally sawed off for 2 minutes without any anesthesia?

Confederate army Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate canon Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate southern soldiers Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union soldiers marching Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Soldiers marching Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Soldiers marching Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union chaplain preacher Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate army Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate soldiers running into battle Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate army Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Charging Union Yankee horse cavalry with flag Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Yankee Union army with dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
The first casualty.  Or maybe he’s just tired, so sleepy.

Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Sawbones surgeon doctor helping injured confederate soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Injured confederate southern soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
I think he’s about to have a baby.

Injured soldiers fighting Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
Oh my gosh! Do you think he’s okay?

Dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate officer leading charge Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
Charge!

Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Sawbones doctor surgeon checking on dead Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate southern soldier comparing boot size on dead Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
This guy was comparing boot sizes with the “dead” soldiers.  The confederate way to shop for new accessories?

Confederate southern soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Doctor Sawbones surgeon checking on child Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate soldiers with canon Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Dead soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry soldier holding American flag Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ (14)
I’m not sure what the guy in the back is taking a picture of….

Union Yankee horse cavalry soldier holding American flag Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate Southern soldier drinking water Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate Southern soldier smoking corncob pipe Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ
Is that Sam Elliot in his biggest break?

Confederate Southern soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate Southern soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Confederate soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry with American flag Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Bloody sawbones surgeon doctor soldier Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Canon fire Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry with American flag Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Canon fire Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Union Yankee horse cavalry Picacho Peak Pass Civil War Battle Re-Enactment in Tucson, AZ

Next year, I’ll be sure to dress up! :] That is, if my husband is willing to be seen with me.

9 Comments

  1. Jen | March 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm
     

    Ok, honestly, if someone was going to ask me to come with them to watch a Civil War reenactment, I’d probably laugh at them and decline. But after seeing these photos, it seems really cool and I’d want to watch something like this in real life (or maybe I’m just as nerdy as you are?) haha.

    Also, your captions are hilarious…you think he’s about to have a baby, LOL.

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  2. Kay | March 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm
     

    We enjoyed your photographs. Would it be permissible to post one or two of the images to facebook, if properly credited to your website? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • JC | March 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm
       

      Sure, no problem! Glad you liked the photos.

      Reply
  3. Coty Paige | March 14, 2012 at 3:00 am
     

    These are some awesome pictures. The mounted cavalrymen and the cannon in the next to last photo you posted are members of B Troop, 4th US Cavalry (Memorial) out of Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Feel free to look us up on Facebook (Fort Huachuca Cavalry Association) the website (fhcahome.org).

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  4. Sven | March 27, 2012 at 3:48 am
     

    Great photos! Looks like there were more people there than were at Glorieta last year. I recognized several people I’ve fought with or against at Glorieta. My wife and I will be there this year with bells on!

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  5. Steve Johnson | July 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm
     

    Dear Friends,
    I am working on a project for the National Park Service to tell the story of California and the Civil War. The Union troops involved in the skirmish at Picacho Pass were primarily California volunteers. I would like to use some of your photos of this re-enactment, with proper credit given to you. I will also get permission from the Arizona Civil War group who were involved in this event. Thanking you in advance,
    Steve Johnson

    Reply
    • admin | July 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm
       

      Hi Steve, That would be fine. Let me know if you need high-resolution photos.

      Reply
  6. Diaine | December 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm
     

    Great photos, thanks! New to the state and am reading George Hand’s Diary and The Civil War in AZ.

    Reply
    • JC | January 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm
       

      Welcome to Arizona!

      Reply

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