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Scenes From the Moorpark Rotary's Annual Civil War Battle Reenactment

The Rotary Club of Moorpark hosted its 11th Annual Civil War Battle Reenactment the weekend of November 12-13 at Tierra Rejada Ranch in Moorpark. It is billed at the largest civil war reenactment west of the Mississippi! This year's event highlights 5 battles, with more than 700 re-enactors! There will also be a civilian camp with leather crafting, sewing, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, military band concerts and much more! Mark your calendars!

Here are scenes from the 10th annual event in 2010, courtesy of local photographer Patrick Taillon. For more of Patrick's work, visit his website at www.patricktaillon.com.

Union soldiers from the 19 Indiana, spend their downtime playing cribbage. Soldiers are (left to right) Bill LaConte of Encino, Jon Miller of North Hills, John Wallick of Chino Hills.Southern soliders present themselves for inspection while preparing for the upcoming battle, during the Blue vs Gray Civil War Reenactment.Union soldiers hold ground during a battle reenactment.A soldier fires his rifle during a battle reeactment, at the Blue vs Gray Civil War Reenactment.Southern soldiers advance the line during a battle reenactment, during the Blue vs Gray Civil War Reenactment.Southern soldiers advance through the gun and canon smoke, during a battle reenactment at the Blue vs Gray Civil War Reenactment.Soldiers fire their rifles during a battle reenactment, as part of the Blue vs Gray Civil War Reenactment.

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Reader Comments (7)

I actually attended this it was a great experience!.
I can't wait for the next time it comes around!
The reenactors are great.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusana.S

I actually attended this it was a great experience!.
I can't wait for the next time it comes around!
The reenactors are great.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusana.S

Very nice images and it was a great event. I was one of the photographers. Check out the Civil War Alliance website (www.civilwaralliance.com) for other events in So. Calif. Here is the link to images I have posted from this event:

http://www.bobjensenphotography.com/-/bobjensenphotography/gallery.asp?cat=153717&pID=1&row=15

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob Jensen

We attended last year and really were looking forward to this year's event. Unfortunately, they failed to move the reenactment to the rain date because some club members would be gone then. No information was provided on line Saturday morning as to whether battles would occur, so we drove an hour and 15 minutes to find out that they had indeed cancelled them. This has definitely left a bad taste for us as to the organizers' level of professionalism.

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

Hi Darlene. That surprises me because the Rotary's Facebook page indicates battles took place today and that they plan to have the event tomorrow too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/48296443259/ I'm wondering if they started late or something?

November 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterConejo Joe

Yes, we had two battle today. They both took place in the Yankees camp. I am in the 1st North Carolina Cavalry. We could not hole it on the main battlefield as it was still to wet with very deep mud and to dangerous for the horses to run around in. The Confederates won the first battle, and the Yanks won the second. 1st battle was around 1 and the other was at 4. The Battles were fun to do and the crowd was up close and personal. A realo neat event as it turned out.

Tomorrow, they will see if the field is dry enough. Either way. If you show up you will enjoy it. If we have fun, then we know the spectators will love it. Come on out and enjoy the show on Sunday. Come cheer on the South, as we have to make up for that last battle today! You'll have fun in the camps also...

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Wade

Well that is depressing! We got in to the parking lot at a bit after 10 AM and the parking attendants were informing each car that there would be no battles. Grr! I wish they would have been better organized and made their decisions clear ahead of time instead of waffling back and forth.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

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