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Civil War battle in Arizona this weekend

Guy Atchley's Arizona - Civil War in the Southwest! Photo: Image by Guy Atchley

Civil War battle in Arizona this weekend

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Mar 10, 2014

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK, Ariz.  (KGUN9-TV)  - This weekend more than 200 re-enactors are gathering at Picacho Peak State Park to set up camps and participate in the re-enactments of the Battle of Picacho Pass and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde.

Visitors travel from around the country to experience the three historic re-enactments, complete with lifestyles of the soldiers in the Southwest during the 1860s, according to officials with Arizona State Parks.

The re-enactors camp at Picacho Peak State Park with their authentic Civil War camping gear.

Volunteers from across the state help to make the re-enactment of this piece of Arizona's Civil War history take place.

State Park officials say Civil War battles across America were well documented, but few ever knew what was happening in the West during this time.

The battle of the American Civil War was a skirmish fought near the rocky spire called Picacho Peak, located between Phoenix and Tucson.

The re-enactment happens Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While food and beverages will be available at the park, officials remind visitors to bring along plenty of water, a hat, lawn chair, and sunscreen. Pets are not permitted at this event.

Picacho Peak State Park is located 60 miles south of Phoenix and 40 miles north of Tucson, off Interstate 10 at exit 219.

For more information visit the Arizona State Parks azstateparks.com.