Civil War Days

The Las Mariposas Civil War Group, in partnership with the American Civil War Association, will present the 10th Annual “Civil War Days in Mariposa,”April 16 and 17, on the Long’s Mariposa Ranch in Mariposa.

The Long’s Mariposa Ranch once a part of John C. Fremont’s historic 44,386 acre Las Mariposas land.

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 - one at noon, one at 3 p.m., and a 7 p.m. evening battle.

See as the soldiers prepare for battle, then watch as the muzzle flashes from the rifles and cannons light up the battlefield.

On Sunday, come out with the reenactors as they gather in Longville at 9:30 a.m. for church under the oaks.

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

Civil Wars Days is a great way for the entire family to experience life during the American Civil War.

For schools, event organizers offer a free educational day on Friday.

Civil War Days schedule

Saturday, April 16

9:30 a.m. - Event opens - vendors, military camps, brigade inspection

10 a.m. - Military camp life, brigade drills, historical presentations, civilian demonstrations.

11:30 a.m. - Military camps closed to the public

12 p.m. - First battle

1 p.m. - Military camp Life, Historical Presentations, civilian demonstrations

2:30 p.m. - Military camps closed to the public

3 p.m. - Second battle

4 p.m. - Military camp life, historical presentations, civilian demonstrations

6:30 p.m. - Military camps closed to the public

7 p.m. - Twilight battle

8 p.m. - Camps closed to the public

Sunday, April 17

9:30 a.m. - Event opens - vendors and military camps

10 a.m. - Military camp life, historical presentations, civilian demonstrations

12:30 p.m. - Military camps closed to the public

1 p.m. - Battle

2:30 p.m. - Event ends

Details: Take Highway 49 towards Mariposa - just past the Fairgrounds, turn left on Old Highway. Follow Old Highway to Yaqui Gulch - turn right and go less than a mile on the right to the entrance of Long’s Mariposa Ranch. (209) 769-1451.

Las Mariposas Civil War Group