So it was with delight that we learned about, and attended, an 1880's Historic Military Ball Saturday evening. Here in southeast Arizona, the 1880 period was a time of war. The Indian wars. The U.S. Army had wound up its Civil War duties, and was directed west to protect settlers and miners and businesses in the Apache territories. In the occasional period of relative calm, they celebrated with parties and dances, with the local townspeople included. Such was the theme Saturday night.
At 7:00pm sharp the official event began with the presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance followed by a short prayer in the manner of an 1880's area preacher.