Las Mariposas Civil War Days by Linda GastThe Las Mariposas Civil War Group, in partnership with the American Civil War Association proudly presents the 11th Annual “Civil War Days in Mariposa”.  This year the event is to be held on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th.  All at the Long's Mariposa Ranch, once a part of John C. Fremont's historic 44,386 acre Las Mariposas Land Grant. 

Tour the military and civilian encampments where you will see firsthand how life was during this trying time in American history. Visit with both Confederate and Federal soldiers and see how they lived while on campaign.  Walk through the town of Longville and see how the war touched the day to day lives of the Civilians as well.  Visit the sutlers, who provided supplies to the soldiers and civilians, and shop for everyday items from this period.  

On Saturday, we will have Civil War Era Games for Children all day starting at 11:00 a.m. We will also have a Slingshot Turkey shoot between the 2 daytime battles with some great prizes. We will have three battles; two day battles at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., followed by an evening battle at 7:00 p.m. See as the soldiers prepare for battle, then watch as the muzzle flashes from the rifles and cannons light up the battlefield.

On Sunday, come out and celebrate Sunday with the reenactors as they gather in Longville at 9:30 a.m., for church under the oaks. We will have an Easter Egg hunt for the little ones after church. Civil War Era Games for Children all day starting at 11:00 a.m.  The final battle of the weekend will take place at 1:00 p.m. 

This is a fantastic way for the entire family to experience life during the American Civil War.  So gather up the family and come out and join us on April 8th & 9th as we relive this most trying time in our nations history.  We hope to see you all there.

For Schools, we offer a free Educational Day on Friday, April 7th, call to register and for more information 209-769-1451.
Photo credit: Linda Gast

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2017 Civil War Days flyer