MARIPOSA – The Las Mariposas Civil War Group, in partnership with the American Civil War Association, invites the community to attend an authentic period weekend of living history on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 21 and 22.
The event takes place at Long Ranch on some 60 acres of the actual site of John C. Fremont’s 44,000+ acre Las Mariposas federal land grant.
Visitors can tour the military and civilian encampments to see firsthand how life was during this time in American history, and how Confederate and Federal soldiers lived while on campaign.
Prior to the weekend public event, on Friday, Apr. 20, the Las Mariposas Civil War Group hosts a free Education Day for area students at no cost to the registered schools or families.
Public events commence at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and include two daytime battles and a twilight skirmish, a walking tour of the vast encampment, plus a dance and dessert social. Throughout the weekend, a host of sutlers from around the country provide authentic merchandise for participants and event guests.
On Sunday, church services under the oaks start at 9:30 a.m., with the final battle at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate for $10 per person 18 and older, or $5 for under 18. Children under the age of two are free.
The program is currently in its 12th year and will attract hundreds of dedicated participants, including soldiers, cavalry, doctors, and nurses.
Organizers suggest visitors tour the military and civilian camps before and between battles, in order to “glimpse life during the era, watch demonstrations and view exhibits.” Camps close 30 minutes prior to battles.
Sponsored by Mariposa County and Sierra Tel.
The Las Mariposas Civil War Group is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, made up of local volunteers. Working in partnership with A.C.W.A. (American Civil War Association) they present living history for the public including military and civilian encampments, battle reenactments, lectures and demonstrations, and school programs upon request.
Las Mariposas Civil War Group website (directions and tickets)