Considering the Jazz blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday's most exciting battle was likely waged in Weber County - Company B, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry vs. Company I, 2nd South Carolina Infantry.
Musket smoke clouded the afternoon air amid cannon fire and hearty insults. A handful of Confederates scrapped gamely, despite being outnumbered. Occasionally, a mounted Fed would be thrown from his horse while charging the rag-tag line of rebs.When a round of skirmishing ended, soldiers from both sides - dead and alive - would dust themselves off, retreat to the flanks and fire the first shot all over again.
Several dozen members of Utah's Civil War Association spent Saturday encamped at Fort Buenaventura State Park. When they weren't fighting, troops spent the day supping on grits and saltpork, drilling or resting in camp.
"These Civil War reenactments help us relive history in a small way," said West Valley resident and part-time Union private Kent Duke. "It gives you a feel for how bad it must have been."
Duke, like most from the association, is an avid Civil War buff.
Introduced to an association in Delaware while serving in the Air Force, he's now delving into his family history to see if an ancestor may have fought at Gettysburg or Bull Run.
The actual War Between the States sometimes pitted brother against brother. Saturday's reenactment was also something of a family affair.
Christian Huff, 25, of Orem grew up watching his father, Kenneth, participate in Civil War encampments.
"Only he was usually Union blue, and I'm a gray," said Huff, outfitted in full-battle regalia including a 58-caliber Enfield, canteen and bayonet.
No matter, turncoating is common at these reenactments to even up the sides.
The association is expected to continue its skirmishes Sunday before returning home to more mundane tasks.
"It's back to work for me at Frito-Lay on Monday," Duke laughed.