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08/30/14 - 08/31/14 Civil War Days in Huntington Beach Central Park

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Even though I am the Riverside Civil War History Examiner there is an event in nearby Huntington Beach, California that my readers may be interested in. I will be writing the first part of this as a news article from a 19th Century reporter in the area.

August 27, 1864
Michael Climo
The Los Angeles Star Newspaper War Correspondent

My sources tell me that the Union Army of the Pacific is consolidating their forces near Huntington Beach, California. But there is good news for those of us in Southern California with ties to or are sympathetic to the Confederate States of America. Several Brigades of The Confederate Army of Trans-Mississippi are marching hard and fast to meet the threat.

Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley reports that he is planning on making a stand in Huntington Beach’s Central Park near the town of Reedsburg.

Sibley’s units include the 4th Texas Mounted Rifles and 5th Texas Mounted Rifles (both of which had batteries of mountain howitzers), five companies of the 7th Texas Mounted Rifles, six companies of the 2nd Texas Mounted Rifles (which also had an artillery battery attached), and several companies of Arizona & California Confederate mounted volunteers. Due to the nature of the battle field all mounted units will be without horses and will fight dismounted.

I also have it on good authority that Union President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis will be traveling to the engagement to speak and give encouragement to their respective forces.

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The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host the 21st annual Civil War Days Living History and Reenactment in Huntington Beach Central Park on the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States.

Saturday August 30th & Sunday August 31st, 2014
Huntington Beach Central Park on Gothard between Slater and Talbert
Camps open to the Public on Saturday and Sunday
Battle Times: Sat: 1:30 and 4 PM / Sun: 11 and 2 PM
Admission: Free to the Public!

Take a Step 150 Years into the Past ... 1864-2014
•Visit "Reedsburg", the historic town of civilian folk to learn about daily life in the 19th century
•Stop by the Historical Society tent for refreshments and visit the many sutlers to find a historic souvenir
•Visit each army's camp to see the soldiers prepare for battle and rest up for the next fight
•Watch each of the two heated battles each day, each battle is followed either by a weapons demonstration or a pass and review of both armies in front of President Lincoln.
•President Lincoln will now be giving his famous Gettysburg Address approx. 20 minutes after each battle.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE
Camp opens to the public at 10AM
First battle at 1:30 PM
Living History Weapons Demonstration to follow 1st Battle
Ceremony Honoring William Peck, Historian and A. Lincoln Presenter
featuring serenade by the Antebellum Marine Band at 2:30PM
Second Battle at 4PM
Twilight Concert featuring The Armory Band at 5:30PM
Evening Dance at 7:30PM

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Church Services at 9AM
Camps open to public at 10AM
First battle at 11AM
Living History Weapons Demonstration to follow 1st Battle
Second Battle at 2PM

Pass in Review Parade to follow the first battle each day