Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak

If you didn’t know Civil War history you might not believe that a part of the war was fought in Arizona. There were several skirmishes but the one Arizonan’s remember was at Picacho Peak, 50+ miles northwest of Tucson. It wasn’t a big nor a bloody battle. In fact, it was one of those the townspeople came to watch.
A Union Cavalry patrol from California wanted to stop Confederates taking Arizona. Confederates traveled from Tucson to meet them. Three Union men were killed, three wounded; three Confederates were captured and two might have been wounded (but the record isn’t clear).
The Union ended up ‘taking’ Tucson. . .
Every year Picacho Peak State Park hosts a reenactment of the Arizona and New Mexico battles. . .now more want to participate than were in the original fights.