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Near Picacho in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Battle at Picacho

April 15, 1862

 
 
Battle at Picacho Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
1. Battle at Picacho Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to those Confederate frontiersmen who occupied Arizona Territory, C.S.A., created by President Jefferson Davis, February 14, 1862. Just two months later, ten of Capt. Sherod Hunter's Confederate Cavalrymen successfully defended Picacho Pass against thirteen Union soldiers who suffered three killed and three wounded but did manage to capture Confederate Sgt. Henry Holmes and Pvts. William Dwyer and John W. Hill before retreating. This 'westernmost battle of the Civil War' delayed for a month the advance of a 2300-man Union column and hastened establishment of Arizona Territory, U.S.A. on February 24, 1863.
 
Erected 1984 by Children of the Confederacy United Daughters of the Confederacy and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 32° 38.756′ N, 111° 24.026′ W. Marker is near Picacho, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10. Touch for map. Marker is just to the south of the Picacho Peak State Park visitor's center. Marker is in this post office area: Picacho AZ 85141, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Adjoining wooden Picacho Peak Battlefield marker. image. Click for full size.
By Harold Colson, April 5, 2014
2. Adjoining wooden Picacho Peak Battlefield marker.
flies. Memorial to the 1st California Cavalry Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Battalion Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail / Camp 21: El Aquituni (approx. 1.7 miles away); Red Rock Post Office (approx. 6 miles away); Stage Station and Homestead (approx. 12.5 miles away); In Memory of Tom Mix (approx. 16.7 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Battle of Picacho Pass
 
Also see . . .  Picacho Peak. State Park site, with details on the battle and a video. Note the park will close in June 2010 due to budget cuts. (Submitted on January 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Park closes in summer
Picacho Peak State Park closes during the summer months (typically from around mid-May to mid-September); it is open the rest of the year.
    — Submitted April 11, 2014, by Harold Colson of San Diego, California.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle at Picacho Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
3. Battle at Picacho Marker
Battle at Picacho Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
4. Battle at Picacho Marker
View south to Picacho Peak. Memorial to the 1st California Cavalry Volunteers is just behind this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,828 times since then and 96 times this year. Last updated on May 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on January 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on April 11, 2014, by Harold Colson of San Diego, California.   3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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