The Long Beach Civil War Reenactment this Weekend

Jul 29, 2010 by Lisa Newton

My father is a big Civil War buff. He reads about it, watches movies about it, and goes to all the battlefields. Growing up in Ohio, we spent family vacations visiting humongous, large cannons, wide open spaces, battlefields, and Civil War Museums all over the East Coast.

Now that I’m older, I appreciate history and how much you can learn from the past, as we all know that it repeats–but being a ten-year old, when there’s a million other things you’d rather be doing, being forced to sit in a meadow where history took place, just wasn’t my type of fun.

For example, my dad would inform me that “I was standing on the edge of a battlefield “while he simultaneously desperately tried to explain to me the immediate importance of the moment.

“Lisa, just think, the Battle of Gettysburg took place here. Smoke, gun fire, horses, cannons, and men running all over shooting each other, battling for the cause they felt was right.”

I just looked over the ocean of greenness wondering when we’d get to go back to the motel so I could swim. Look, most kids don’t get beyond the latest video game let alone worry about a Civil War. In retrospect, we always return to our roots in amazing fits of sentimentality—especially when it’s warranted.

To wit: In all the years of visiting battlefields, I’ve never seen a Civil War Reenactment.

Nonetheless, it’s here now–, and let’s take advantage of the “moment.”

The Long Beach Civil War Reenactment takes place on Saturday, July 31st, and Sunday, August 1st.

On both days, you can tour the “camps,” hear a military band concert, see historical clothing presentations, a cavalry demonstration, and of course, a battle reenactment.

All the action takes place at the 400 acre El Dorado Regional Park East, at 7550 E. Spring St in Long Beach. Camp tours start at 10:00am, and two opportunities to see the Reenactment take place at 12:00pm and 3:00pm. But, with a jam packed schedule, why just stay for one battle.

Tickets for the event are as follows:

Children (4 and under) and active military with ID: Free
Children (5-11): $6.00
Adults: $12.00
Seniors (62+): $10.00

Museums are wonderful places to visit, but seeing history as it happens, is much more real. Especially as we grow older and realize what we’ve been missing for a long time.

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