Civil War Reenactments 2015
By James S., Staff writer
Did you know that recently in California there was a reenactment of the Civil War? Apparently, it is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. So many reenactments of battles have been taking place in California. A recent reenactment took place in April at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at William S. Hart Regional Park, 23151 Newhall Avenue, in Newhall, part of the City of Santa Clarita. Why reenact a war that happened so long ago? The Civil War decided slavery was not an option and civil rights are expected and demanded for all citizens of the United States, according to our Constitution. Many lost their lives, but the issue had to be decided for what was right.
What was the civil war?
Before the war, “The South” was a place that relied on slaves to do the hard work, and life was very unfair for these men, women and children. The war was long, but at the end of it, slavery was destroyed, and the Reconstruction Era began. However, racism was still active in The South.
The struggle for ending slavery can be relived. Over 600,000 American men died during this one war, more than all other wars we have fought over 200 years, combined. Memorial Day was first established to remember those fallen during the Civil War, so now is the time to remember this war and what it means to us today.
There are still a number of reenactments you can visit this summer and early fall in Southern California. One close by is the Civil War Battles & Encampment Presented by the Huntington Beach Historical Society, A Civil War Alliance event on September 5-6, 2015 at Central Park 17581 Gothard Street Huntington Beach, CA
The largest reenactment in this area held by the Civil War Alliance is on November 7-8, 2015 at Moorpark, CA. There will be three battles on Saturday (12:00, 3:00, 5:15) and two on Sunday (12:00, 2:30).
Links for more reenactments include: http://www.seecalifornia.com/events/california-civil-war-events.html and http://www.civilwaralliance.com/.
If you want to see reenactments that have been done in the past, there are many great videos on www.youtube.com. Just type in civil war reenactments in California and you can “be there” and relive the action.