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Civil War Re-enacted at Gibson Ranch

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Soldiers fire the cannon to start a battlefield re-enactment.

I felt like I really stepped back in time when I went to the Civil War Re-enactment presented by the National Civil War Association at Gibson Ranch yesterday. Until my cellphone rang!

There was lots going on, like A Civil War Clothing Demonstration, free Guided Camp Tours, a May Day Celebration and "Searching for the Dead" Scenario, Horse Drawn Artillery Demonstration, a Period Wedding and Consolidated Drunm Band concert and more.

2011 is the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War between the Southern and Northern American States.

I’m not a history buff. I enjoyed seeing and hearing what it may have sounded like back in the time of Abraham Lincoln.

Here’s some moments:

The Confederate soldiers fire at the Union Army during a battlefield re-enactment.
A soldier displays a round used in rifles.
A member of the Confederate States Navy
The Confederate Artillery Camp.
First Sgt. Joe Lovell has been participating in re-enactments for five years.

First Sgt. Lovell, Norfolk Light Artillery Blues explained that that the first shots of the Civil War were not fired at Ft. Sumter, but in Pensacola, FL where Federal Sentries fired upon some citizens. The Confederacy didn’t fire the first shots, he said.

Members of the Consolidated Drum Band.
The wedding was well attended.
President Abraham Lincoln at the wedding.
Uniforms weren’t immaculate back then.
A small soldier hydrates himself.
The Federal Camp.
Visitors learn about drums in the era of the Civil War.
Rifles from the Civil War time.
Life in a tent.
Fixin’ some grub.






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