Battle of Glorietta Pass enacted at Picacho Peak

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A chance to go back in history attracted hundreds of volunteer actors to Picacho Peak this weekend for a Civil War re-enactment.

The demonstrations were not only entertaining, but visitors also got a healthy dose of U.S. history.

The Battle of Glorietta Pass with a southwest setting.

The civil war reenactment at Picacho Peak State Park delivers riveting gun play and a few history lessons.

"This is a Smith-carbine which is one of the first cartridge style guns that the cavalry used," said Confederate Private Gary Eichholtz.

Soldiers from the North and South set up camp to rest between bouts of warfare.

"The doc hasn't come buy I just stitched this up myself," said Union Corporal David Gilliam.

Corporal Gilliam didn't fare so well in the last clash with the Confederates.

While the men recoup the women take care of supplies.  Some of them are found mourning the loss of a loved one.

"She has lost her husband in the Battle of Glorietta.  As you can see, Mary Francis is covered in black from head to toe her hands her head she has a widows hat," said Union supporter Grace Kobejack.

The Confederate flags were still waving; so, soldiers raised arms again for another look back on the war that shaped the U.S.

"If we're lucky we'll be able to capture some of their supply trains," said First Lt. David Dubell.

The Battle of Glorietta Pass took place in the New Mexico Territory and is considered a key battle in the western front of the American Civil War.

The festivities came to an end Sunday after the re-enactment of the Battle of Picacho Pass.

The Battle of Picacho Pass marks the westernmost battle in the American Civil War.