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Fresno Historical Society ~ Civil War Reenactment ~ Fresno CA

Straight off the Fresno Historical Society site http://valleyhistory.org/CivilWar.html

This Year’s Reenactment

“It’s not all just fighting. There is singing, dancing, eating, drinking, playing, horsemanship, rug-making, quilting and some remarkable historical demonstrations that would make any teacher’s lesson plan a life-long memory.”

The largest annual Civil War reenactment and living history event in the United States will be on September 25 and 26 at Kearney Park in Fresno, CA. Nearly 2,000 Union, Confederate and Civilian reenactors from the National Civil War Association (www.ncwa.org) will bring to life a time when our country was faced with one of its greatest challenges – the dissolution of the Union.

This year’s reenactment commemorates the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania, a battle in 1864 that saw two of the greatest generals of the era go head to head for the first time – Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee – in a war that helped redefine a nation as one people dedicated to one principle, that of equality.

At The Civil War Revisited, visitors experience one of the most riveting periods in our history. People from all over the United States come back year after year to . . .

  • Witness an historic Civil War battle
  • Meet Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, or a famous general
  • Learn about a journey on the Underground Railroad or California’s Role in the War
  • Talk to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and C.S. President Jefferson Davis
  • Listen to American folk and bluegrass music
  • Watch American artisans practice their crafts
  • View the fashions of the day at the 19th century women’s fashion show

There are history books, documentaries, radio programs, and movies.

And then there is living history. Here – in Fresno.

Camp Night

Celebrate With Us!

Following Saturday's daytime festivities at The Civil War Revisited join Union and Confederate soldiers on the front lawn of Kearney Mansion for Camp Night, an all-American celebration. From 6:00 to 10:30pm on Saturday, September 25 enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you eat dinner under the stars as military encampment campfires blaze. Share with family and friends an evening filled with 1860s amusements, music, and a night punctuated by fireworks!

Making their first Camp Night appearance are the reenactor musicians of the Americus Brass Band (www.americusbrassband.org), who perform on original antique instruments from the 19th century. The group has appeared in several movies and television productions including the ABC television mini-series The North and South, the CBS television movie Once Upon a Texas Train, and the IMAX movie Alamo - The Price of Freedom. The band has also performed for the sound tracks of the 1991 NBC television mini-series Son of the Morning Star, the 1993 Turner major motion picture The Battle of Gettysburg, the 1990 Tri-Star Pictures Oscar-winning movie Glory, the 1993 Columbia Pictures epic film Geronimo - An American Legend, the 2003 Disney release Hidalgo and the 2003 Oscar winning Miramax release Cold Mountain.

from 2006 (this is a generic film from YouTube)