TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - You may know about the Battle of Picacho Peak during the Civil War, and you may have seen one of the yearly re-enactments of it northwest of Tucson. But an Arizona living-history organization is bringing the war to life like you've probably never seen it before.
The "Battle of Tucson" began Friday at Green Fields Country Day School on the northwest side, organized by We Make History. It's an interactive experience for families, showing what typical skirmishes looked like between Union and Confederate armies, with re-enactor soldiers who are closer to the ages of the typical Civil War Soldier. They were usually in their teens and twenties, the leaders of We Make History note. Lending support to the fighting men are numerous ladies, portraying the roles of civilians and nurses, among others.
On Friday, hundreds of students from across Tucson witnessed the battles. The skirmishes continue Saturday, starting at 11:00 and going until about 3pm. Between battles, you can tour the camps and ask questions of the soliders.
Admission is $12 per person, which helps cover expenses for We Make History, a non-profit organization that organizes historical events year-round throughout Arizona.
You can find out more about the Battle Of Tucson at this link.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Tucson News Now producer Christopher Francis, who is also the author of this article, has been a part of We Make History for several years. He'll be fighting at the Battle of Tucson on Saturday as a Confederate in the 1st Virginia Volunteer Infantry of Arizona.