In one week is the annual Civil War Revisited event at Kearney Park, Fresno County, California. Co-hosted by Fresno Historical Society and American Civil War Association, it is still one of the premiere “annual” reenactment events in the state. There are close to a dozen reenactment organizations throughout California. While there is a tendency for those folks to attend their various events close to home, in the past, the Fresno/Kearney event has had groups from Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon join in with groups from Los Angeles and northern California.
The Fresno/Kearney event was started with the Civil War Reenactment Society working with Fresno Historical. CWRS is still attending and has members from Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera Counties. I realize that it is a spectator event on many levels, but there is nothing like the thrill of participating and being a soldier, child, or civilian impression in the 1860s.
There are going to be hundreds of folks there to help you join up, and begin a reenacting experience. CWRS is more local, and ACWA is more northern California but has some members from Visalia too.
The School’s Education Day is Friday October 18. All are invited on October 19th and 20th next Saturday and Sunday. Drop by the tent of Lt. General W.S.L. Baylor, who I portray, next to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Command tent in the Confederate Camp. Baylor was Jackson’s Adjutant General in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
Timothy J. Desmond
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