Civil War Reenactment comes to life in El Dorado Park

This weekend, July 31 and August 1, “The Civil War Remembered” will bring together hundreds of uniformed combatants from the North and South to re-create the epic conflict of the Civil War on the fields of Long Beach’s El Dorado East Regional Park. This is one of the premier re-enactments in the western states with [...]

Auction of Civil War books nets $2,000 plus for Murrieta Library

A collection of Civil War-related books proved a treasure trove for the Friends of the Murrieta Library.
The Friends, a nonprofit fundraising group that supports the library, raised $2,251 from a silent auction in June by selling a collection of 25 books about the Civil War that was anonymously donated.
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Calif. headstone of ex-Union Army soldier corrected after decades marked as Confederate

The headstone of a former slave and Union soldier no longer identifies him as a member of the Confederate army, after his family failed to notice the error for years.
More than 100 of Samuel Brown Sr.’s surviving descendants and Civil War buffs in period dress gathered at Vallejo’s Sunrise Memorial Cemetery on Saturday for the [...]

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Monterey County

Crime in the parks threatens the very fabric of California history. Take the case of the Volcano hearse.
The ornate horse-drawn hearse, built circa 1860, had a key role in one of the few Civil War conflicts in California. It was used to sneak a cannon into the Amador County Gold Rush town of Volcano, by [...]

A Civil War Reenactment in California?

Even more than I enjoy highly specific weird subjects, and I enjoy high specific weird subjects a lot, I enjoy people who enjoy highly specific weird subjects.
Which is how I cam to find myself at “Civil War Days” in Duncan’s Mills, California. Once I discovered there’d be a Civil War “living history experience” going on [...]

Copley collection rarities go on sale

The 1960s and 1970s were a golden age of Americana collecting, when someone with the right eye and enough money could amass museum-quality holdings of books, letters and other important pieces of history.
An early printing of the Declaration of Independence, for example. An unpublished manuscript by Mark Twain. The chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in [...]

Civil War re-enactment a living history lesson

Canons blasted across a dirt field Sunday as a small band of Confederate soldiers played a lively tune. Union soldiers in navy blue uniforms exchanged rifle fire with battalions of rag-tag Confederates dressed in grays or tans.
Horses galloped through the haze as women in hoop skirts watched from the sidelines, shaded under dainty lace parasols. [...]

Civil War book collection could be boost for Murrieta Library Friends

Sometimes you’re surprised with astonishing treasure.
People frequently donate books to the Friends of the Murrieta Library, a fundraising organization that supports library programs.
But several months ago, an anonymous donor left a box for the group containing 25 books about the American Civil War.
The remarkable part?
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Civil War book collection could be boost for Murrieta Library Friends

Sometimes you’re surprised with astonishing treasure.
People frequently donate books to the Friends of the Murrieta Library, a fundraising organization that supports library programs.
But several months ago, an anonymous donor left a box for the group containing 25 books about the Civil War.
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Was Lincoln a fan of burgers?

When Abraham Lincoln was a 34-year-old lawyer, the first large group of pioneers left Independence, Mo., in wagon trains for Oregon. They often prepared skillet bread on the trail in a dutch oven or spider (frying pan with legs) over a buffalo chip campfire.
A free program at 1 p.m. June 5 in the downstairs auditorium [...]