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The Blue & The Gray Battle Reenactment


  • Land behind this address 110 East High Street Moorpark, CA, 93021 United States (map)

The Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment is the largest battle reenactment west of the Mississippi.  Hundreds of Reenactors come from all over the state and nation each year for this spectacular event.   In 2017, the reenactment will be held in Moorpark, CA, on land at the very west end of High Street, behind the Moorpark Post Office.

This event will make history come to life right before your eyes!

The "Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment" is conducted to educate the general public about the historical significance of the Civil War and its effect and influence on the history of the great nation of the United States of America including demonstrating the horrors of war which led to an enormous number of ultimate sacrifices given by the military and how the end of the war resulted in the abolishment of slavery.   Our hope is that it serves to stress the importance of Peace and Conflict Resolution which is one of Rotary's Areas of Focus.

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT DETAILS:

  • Specific battles are accurately recreated each day involving militia, artillery, and cavalry units.
  • Muskets fire and cannons blast.
  • There are at least 4 battle reenactments scheduled.
  • The nigh battle is yet to be determined.
  • The Confederate army will surrender to the Union.
  • President Lincoln will deliver the Gettysburg Address.
  • Union and Confederate as well as Sutler encampments can be visited where various demonstrations occur.
  • Period era clothing and goods are also available for purchase.
  • Historic dancing and music will also be playing near the food court.

The schedule of events for this year is still to be determined; however here is a copy of last year's event.  This year will have a similar lineup:

Saturday, April 1


10:00 Event officially begins
11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)
11:00 Military Band Concert - Antebellum Marine Band
11:30 Presidential Press Conference - Presidents Lincoln and Davis (Reviewing Stand)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT - CHANCELLORSVILLE
           (Preceded by "Cavalry Clash! " and followed by the "Gettysburg Address", and "The Grand Review")
  1:00 Infantry Demonstration (Reviewing Stand)
  1:00 Military Band Concert - The Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
  1:30 Military Band Concert - The Mountain Fifes & Drum Corps (Stage)
  2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class - Public participation encouraged (Dance Floor)
  2:00 Surrender at Appomattox (Reviewing Stand)
  2:30 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration, 3rd U.S. Artillery (Reviewing Stand)
  3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT - McPHERSON'S RIDGE
           (Followed by the "Gettysburg Address")
  3:45 Evans & Rogers (Reviewing Stand)
  4:15 A conversation with the Presidents an the Generals (Reviewing Stand)
  5:15 THIRD ENGAGEMENT - TWILIGHT BATTLE
  6:15 Spectators Depart

Sunday, April 2


10:00 Event officially begins
10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)
11:00 Military Band Concert - The Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
11:30 Presidential Press Conference - Presidents Lincoln and Davis (Reviewing Stand)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT - THE WHEATFIELD (2014)
           (Preceded by "Cavalry Clash! " and followed by the "Gettysburg Address",
           "Veteran's Salute" and "The Grand Review")
  1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstration (Reviewing Stand)
  1:00 Military Band Concert - Antebellum Marine Band
  1:30 Military Band Concert - Mountain Fifes and Drums (Stage)
  2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class - Public participation encouraged -( Dance Floor)
  2:00 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration - 3rd U.S. Artillery (Reviewing Stand)
  2:30 SECOND ENGAGEMENT - PICKETT'S CHARGE
           (Followed by the "Gettysburg Address")
  3:00 Surrender at Appomattox (Reviewing Stand)
  3:30 A Conversation with the Presidents and the Generals (Reviewing Stand)
  4:00 Event Ends - See more at: http://moorparkrotary.com/SitePage/schedule-of-events#sthash.ThucXptW.dpuf

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Later Event: April 1
Scandinavian Festival 2017