Fort Garland's Fall Muster brings Civil War era back to life

Courtesy Photo The blacksmith was an integral part of life at Fort Garland during the 1860s when troops from the fort fought key Civil War battles.

FORT GARLAND — A living history group will spend the upcoming weekend demonstrating life at Fort Garland in the 1860s.


The Fort Garland Fall Muster involving Ford’s Independent Company, will reenact a variety of drills and ceremonies, including flag raising and lowering, manual of arms, bayonet drills, morning and evening formations, firing demonstrations, mail call, company roll call and more.


Captain James H. Ford’s Independent Company, also known as the 2nd Colorado Volunteers, arrived at Fort Garland on Dec. 21, 1861.


In January 1862, they left for Fort Marcy in New Mexico Territory, and participated in both engagements at Glorieta Pass in March 1862.


That battle has been termed the "Gettysburg of the West."


Ford’s Independent Company also participated in the battles of Cabin Creek and Honey Springs, in what is now the state of Oklahoma.


After Ford’s Company was converted to cavalry, they participated in numerous battles in Missouri and Kansas with a primary function being to engage confederate bushwhackers and guerillas in the west.


The public is invited to attend the Fort Garland Fall Muster to experience life at a frontier fort.


Regular admission fees apply: $5 adults, $4.50 seniors and $3.50 children.

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