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'Ordnance: Bullets, Bayonets and Firearms': See territorial guns, historians' presentation at free VA event Saturday

PRESCOTT - The Sharlot Hall Museum is offering a unique military living history presentation at the Veterans Administration Center in Prescott Saturday.

The sprawling hospital grounds along Highway 89 was the home of Fort Whipple during Arizona's territorial days.

The free museum event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is kicking off the celebration of the fort's 150th anniversary next year.

"Ordnance: Bullets, Bayonets and Firearms" will feature historians in historically accurate uniforms staffing a half-dozen stations with all the military equipment from various territorial times, from Gatling guns to flintlocks. They'll be on display alongside saddles and combat gear.

The display focuses on the U.S. Army Ordnance Department in Arizona Territory (1864-1912). The department was responsible for arming the frontier soldier.

The event also will include a sneak preview of a bronze sculpture of a Union Civil War volunteer infantryman who helped establish the fort. The museum plans to erect the statue at its Fort Whipple Museum on the VA grounds.