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Book Event — Knights of the Woeful Countenance by Tom Prezelski
November 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$2 – $7.50
One of the most significant artifacts in the Tubac Presidio Museum is the remains of a lance used by the 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry. This military unit served the Union cause in the American Civil War and consisted largely of Californio Hispanic volunteers from Southern California and the Central Coast. These Native Cavalrymen lent the army their legendary skills in horsemanship and carried lances that evoked both the romance of the Californios and the Spanish military tradition. Tom Prezelski’s new book, Californio Lancers: The 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry in the Far West, 1863–1866 (Arthur H. Clark, 2015), is the first detailed history of the 1st Battalion, and illuminates their role in the conflict and brings new understanding to Civil War history. Tom will have copies of his book available for sale. Refreshments will be served. Call (520) 398-2252 to make your reservation. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.