A spirited, rough-hewn group of New Mexico, Colorado and Texas Volunteers returned to the Pecos Valley as Pecos National Historical Park held its annual encampment commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass this week.
Amid the largest turnout of visitors ever to the event, the spring-like weekend of March 24th and 25th marked two special days of living history as the 150th anniversary of the encounter was observed with a full schedule of activities. Visitors experienced dramatic black powder demonstrations, attended dynamic lectures on subjects including Civil War medicine and weaponry used in the Southwest, booked van tours of the battlefield, engaged with members of the 5th Regiment U.S. Infantry, and interacted with demonstrators who generously shared their expertise and first-rate visual accuracy in a wide range of areas. Children even got to learn how to drill like a Civil War soldier.
Each year the event brings together park staff, volunteers, living history educators and historians to give life to memorable place names such as Apache Canyon, Pigeon’s Ranch, Kozlowski’s stage stop and Glorieta and also to tell the stories of courage and travail that unfolded when the American Civil War in 1862 came west to the New Mexico Territory.
For more information on the battle, click on the link below.