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Colorado’s role in the Civil War detailed in talk at Veterans Museum

Talk begins sat 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023s
Colorado troops drilling on the main street of Empire, Colorado, 1862.


Many Coloradans, even longtime residents, are unaware that Colorado was involved in the Civil War, let alone played a pivotal role in the ultimate Union victory.

In conjunction with the 161st anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass in northern New Mexico, two experts from the Veterans Museum Broomfield will present a PowerPoint talk about the little-known story of the engagement by Colorado troops that sent an invading force of Confederates fleeing back to Texas in March 1862.

Museum officers Flint Whitlock, author of the book Distant Bugles, Distant Drums, and John Peticolas, whose great-great-grand uncle Albert Peticolas fought on the Confederate side, will discuss the battle and show rarely seen photos and artwork depicting that campaign.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023. The Veterans Museum Broomfield is located at 12 Garden Center, on Midway Boulevard about a quarter-mile east of Wadsworth, and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the museum at (303) 460-6801.