#4: Presidio Park Sculptures

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The Turquoise Trail/#4: Presidio Park Sculptures
Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum
Written By Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum

MORMON BATTALION This bronze statue commemorates the day in 1846 when Mormon soldiers entered Tucson on their way to California to fight in the Mexican War. The Spanish-speaking citizenry, in spite of being nervous about these armed outsiders, treated the soldiers to a fiesta. One of the Mormon soldiers joined in the fun by playing his fiddle (note fiddle case on north side of statue). SOLDADO DE CUERA/LEATHER JACKET SOLDIER This Spanish soldier, assigned to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón, is dressed for battle. The leather armor (cuera) made of 7 layers of deerskin, rawhide shield (adarga), and 9-foot-long lance (lanza) made him a formidable adversary. His shield helped to deflect arrows while his long lance was the premier weapon of the day.

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#4: Presidio Park Sculptures

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