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Las Mariposas Civil War Re-enactment

Learn about California’s role in the Civil War at Las Mariposas Civil War Re-enactment Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

Presented by the Las Mariposas Civil War Group, in partnership with the American Civil War Association, this annual family-friendly event is held at Long’s Mariposa Ranch, once a part of John C. Fremont’s historic 44,386 acre Las Mariposas Land Grant.

According to re-enactors, Longs’ Ranch is very like a number of battle fields in the East and South where the original battles were fought.

Five battles will be fought during the two-day event. Between battles, visitors can walk to the Union and Confederate encampments to view how soldiers lived during the Civil War.

Visit the town of Longville where during wartime soldiers bought guns, uniforms, boots and sundry of items. Souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Sutlers Village demonstrates how the people who followed the troops lived; they cooked, laundered and repaired the soldiers’ uniforms and clothing, in addition to other services. A sutler is “a person following an army to sell food, clothing, suppliers, liquor or any other provision to its soldiers.”

The re-enactment is held for the purpose of sponsoring Education Day, a free hands-on program for schools, drawing student groups from all over California and other western states. Docents educate students on the many interesting services provided for the soldiers. Students learn how to march, how silversmiths made bullets for the soldiers, procedures performed by the doctors, broom making and women’s chores.

Education Day will be held on Friday, April 15.

For more information and an event schedule, visit or call (209) 769-1451.

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