[road trip] civil war reenactment 2013 / huntington beach, ca
* This is a non-food post! But it’s still cool, I swear!
I’ve been into Civil War stuff for a long time. It’s all stemmed from one class I took in college that I found terribly interesting, due in part to the professor’s enthusiasm to make it all interesting and also because I’ve always had a weirdly keen interest in history and military wars.
We had T with us this time around and made sure to stop at our favorite spot from last year, the Iron Pear Tree Inn. Jake’s youngest son loved this place last year and the same gentlemen were running the inn and happily engaged us in conversation and some good old fashioned learnin’.
The gentleman also remembered us from last year (whaaat) and said he had been looking at my blog just that morning and saw my photos from last year. I almost felt famous for like, two seconds.
He engaged in us a few games, told us about the fine art of embalming and the other services he offered to the soldiers.
Also: hello, peep show! Real French ladies… From France! heh heh.
We learned our lesson from last year and made sure to a) bring our own seating and b) camp out further down so we could actually see both sides of the battle. We watched the medics set us a tent right in front of us. Amusingly, it took them about four tries to get it set up. They did their duty and ran out into the battlefield to grab wounded soldiers and bring them back to the med tent.
You can see, they gathered up quite a few patients during the course of the battle. People played their parts quite realistically, with fake blood and bleeding and other wounds.
The Union started out on the battlefield covering most of the field until the Confederates starting gaining ground on them and putting them on the run a bit. Here are the Confederates all firing in a line together.
Here’s the Union troops getting ready to fire back.
The Union troops managed to surround the Confederates and put them on the run instead, turning the tide of the battle. We found out that the soldiers wearing red meant that they fought to the death, and would not be a prisoner and would not take prisoners.
After the battle, we heard Lincoln give his famous Gettysburg address to the crowd.
Here’s T next to one of the cannons that they fired off several times that day.
Here’s Jake and I. I look all smiling right in the photo, but I had actually got heat sickness and was feeling terrible. I had to call uncle a but earlier than I wanted to that day simply because it was SO HOT and we had been sitting in direct sunlight for quite awhile. Bad idea, man.
The Civil War Reenactment at Huntington Beach celebrated it’s 20th year of doing the reenactments! It’s a free event held every labor day weekend, sponsored by the city of Huntington Beach. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend it! There’s lots to learn and it’s great fun walking through the Union and Confederate camps and seeing how they lived during that time period.