2017-03-17 / Family

Civil War armies ready to march on Moorpark

The Rotary Club of Moorpark will present its annual event The Blue and The Gray, the largest Civil War reenactment west of the Mississippi, Sat. and Sun., April 1 and 2.

The gates will open at 10 a.m. both days. Battles will be at noon, 3 and 5:15 p.m. Saturday and at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This family event returns to Moorpark at a new site in Hitch Ranch, an original cattle ranch on the northwest side of the city.

Access to the ranch will be opposite the post office, 100 W. High St. A new farm road will be constructed to the ranch canyon.

This year’s event is titled “The Road to Antietam” and will recreate major battles in 1862 that could have won the Civil War for the South.

The battle of Antietam began at dawn Sept. 17, 1862, and it was the first major battle to take place on Northern soil. For three hours, the battle lines swept back and forth across the field and at its conclusion, this battle became the bloodiest single day battle in America’s history with 23,000 casualties.

Battles will include infantry clashes, cavalry charges, artillery barrages and movie-quality pyrotechnic explosions.

Guests can also visit the Union and Confederate encampments, take pictures, visit the Suttler tents, listen to Abraham Lincoln read the Gettysburg Address, watch Gen. Lee surrender to Gen. Grant, and observe life as it was during that era.

A food court and picnic tables will be available.

The event will raise funds for local organizations and charities.

Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for school children. Kids 5 and under will get in free. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased online.

For driving directions, more information and tickets, go to www.moorparkrotary.com.

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