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Contact: Becky Latanich, 505-757-7210
2017 Civil War Encampment – Schedule of Events
Pecos, NM: The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will bring to life the experience of the Civil War in New Mexico. Interact with living history participants, see black powder demonstrations, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West. Children of all ages can make their own weavings, paint kazoos, create pine cone turkeys and play historical games.
Schedule of Events:
Black Powder Demonstrations
Three 30-minute black powder demonstrations (10:00 a.m, 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m.) will allow visitors to see, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, canon, and muskets. This activity takes place at the Encampment Field.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Travel back in time as you enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride between the visitor center and encampment area. The horse rides are a popular attraction, so be sure to arrive early! This activity takes place at the Encampment Field and the Visitor Center.
Lecture: “The Civil War in the New Mexico Territory”
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Civil War historian John Taylor presents an overview of the Southwestern Campaign and the Confederate army’s grand vision of invading New Mexico and establishing a Western Confederacy. This is the story of that invasion, its major battles at Valverde and Glorieta Pass, and the consequences, some of which lasted well beyond the actual fighting in 1862. This lecture will take place in the Kiva Theater at the Visitor Center.
Lecture: “The Long March”
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Civil War battle of Apache Canyon and Glorieta Pass, New Mexico, was the culmination of two epic marches — a 700-mile march by Col. Henry Hopkins Sibley’s brigade of Texans and Col. John P. Slough’s regiment of Coloradans, who marched 400 miles from Denver. They violently clashed on March 26 and 28, 1862, in a battle that some historians have called the "Gettysburg of the West”––a battle that resulted in a Union victory and prevented the West from ever being threatened again by Confederate forces. Flint Whitlock, author of the award-winning Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico, will present a lively program that outlines this pivotal engagement that has become an important part of New Mexico––and Civil War––history. This lecture will take place in the Kiva Theater at the Visitor Center.
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Stop by the arts and crafts tent to try your hand at making your own small weaving. Create pine cone turkeys and paint wooden kazoos. Test your skill with Civil War era games like trap ball and quoits and hang out in the kids only army tent! These activities will take place in the Encampment Field.
All events are free and open to the public. Please be sure to check with the greeters upon arrival to confirm event locations.