Pecos National Historical Park Comes Alive With Tension And Noise Of Civil War In The West

PNHP News:
 
Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life. 
 
The Pecos NHP Civil War Weekend activities are Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. The weekend’s events will highlight the 153rd anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, referred to by some as the “Gettysburg of the West.”
New Mexico and the Pecos region played an important role in the outcome of the American Civil War. Park Superintendent Karl Cordova says, “The Civil War weekend provides visitors with a great opportunity to experience the life of a soldier during the three-day battle.”  
 
Walk through the encampment and talk to living history demonstrators to learn about the hobby and take the opportunity to discuss the Civil War with serious students of the conflict. There will be live black powder (rifle and canon) demonstrations twice each day along with authors and historians who will appear at the Visitor Center.
 
Reservation-only van tours of the battlefield are provided at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call 505.757.7241 to make a reservation. Van tours cost $2/person in addition to the $3/person entrance fee.

For additional information about the weekend at Pecos National Historical Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/peco/ and click on “Civil War Living History.” Pecos NHP is 25 miles east of Santa Fe off I-25; take exit 307, proceed north approximately four miles on Hwy 63. There is ample free parking at the site. For more information, call the park at 505.757.7241.

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