Civil War days April 12 & 13

April 1, 2014 

The Las Mariposas Civil War Group, in partnership with the American Civil War Association will present the 8th Annual "Civil War Days in Mariposa," April 12 and 13 with an entire day dedicated to educational programs on April 11, at the Long's Mariposa Ranch.

The ranch was once a part of John C. Fremont's historic 44,386 acre Las Mariposas Land Grant.

Tour the military and civilian encampments where you will see firsthand how life was during this trying time in American history.

Visit with both Confederate and Federal soldiers and see how they lived while on campaign.

Walk through the town of Longville and see how the war touched the day to day lives of the Civilians as well.

Visit the sutlers, who provided supplies to the soldiers and civilians, and shop for everyday items from this period.

On Saturday there will be three battles: two day battles at noon and 3 p.m., followed by a evening battle at 7 p.m.

There will be guided tours of all the camps prior to the evening battle with a dance and a dessert social following the battle.

See as the soldiers prepare for battle, then watch as the muzzle flashes from the rifles and cannons light up the battlefield, and then join us as we wrap up the day with dancing and desserts all by the glow of lanterns.

On Sunday, come out and celebrate Palm Sunday with the reenactors as they gather in Longville at 9:30 a.m., followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the children.

The final battle of the weekend will take place at 1 p.m.

This is a fantastic way for the entire family to experience life during the American Civil War.

Details: Dianne Fritz, (209) 769-1451, thecivilwardays.com.

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