They explained that women were very important during the Civil War as nurses, laundresses, seamstresses, cooks and the list went on and on. It was explained that the Confederate Army was made up of mostly young farm boys who were taken care of by the women in their lives be it a mother, grandmother, aunt or even a young wife. Therefore, they didn't know how to cook, sew or tend to boo-boo's.
From there we made our way to the concession area. Kettle corn was a big seller.
I am so glad I was born in the 1950's and NOT the 1850's!
We passed these ladies in period dress. Give me shorts and a T anyday!
Look at the difference in uniforms between the Union soldiers and the Confederates. The latter truly does look like southern boys right from the farms.
It was time to make our way towards the place where the battle would take place. We didn't think to take chairs with us and we noticed all these people didn't either. A lot of people made use of the natural seats located at the base of the peak.
There were quite a few Confederate and Union soldiers involved in the re-enactment of the battle or skirmish as it is called. This wasn't the case when this actually took place. I'll give you a little background on the events.
Twelve Union cavalry troopers and one scout, commanded by Lieutenant James Barrett of the 1st California Cavalry, were conducting a sweep of the Picacho Pass area, looking for Confederates reported to be nearby. Barrett was under orders not to engage them, but to wait for the main column to come up. However, their patrol surprised and captured three Confederate pickets. It failed to see seven other Confederate soldiers before they opened fire. During the bloody skirmish that followed, Barrett and two of his men were killed and three others wounded. Aside from the mistake of not waiting for the main force under Capt. William P. Calloway to arrive, Barrett erred in ordering a cavalry charge on the Confederates, who had taken cover in a thicket. The Union cavalrymen thus made easy targets. After a brisk engagement that lasted about ninety minutes, both sides withdrew from the scene.
The remains of the two Union privates buried at Picacho were later removed to the Presidio in San Francisco, California, but Lt. Barrett's grave, near the present railroad tracks, remains unmarked and undisturbed. Union reports indicate two Confederates may have been wounded, but there is no confirmation of this.
The Confederate participants reported the engagement to Capt. Sherrod Hunter, commander at Tucson, who in his official report made no mention of any Confederate casualties aside from the three men captured.
The Confederate's are shooting their cannons in this picture which were quite loud.
I was really facinated with the perfect smoke rings the cannons made.
The aftermath of the battle.
After the "show" was over the participants lined before the rope that kept spectators at bay to answer our questions. Not only about the battle but about taking part in Living History events.
So this was our first Civil War re-enactment that we attended. It was interesting, it was fun and it won't be our last.