3 & 4 September 2022

CIVIL WAR DAYS - Living History in Huntington Central Park

Artillery Line
Artillery Line

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Federal Advance
Federal Advance

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Confederate Artillery Firing
Confederate Artillery Firing

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Artillery Line
Artillery Line

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Southern California's Largest Living History Event

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host the 28th annual Civil War Days Living History Event in Huntington Beach Central Park during the 160th anniversary of America's Civil War. Living history events like Civil War Days allow people to experience vivid recreations of life in our past in ways that would not otherwise be possible, and learn about some of the most important moments in our collective history. This event is facilitated by hundreds of dedicated volunteers portraying people from all walks of life, and as always, our events are free to the public. Come out to see this grand display this Labor Day Weekend!

September 3rd & 4th, 2022

HB Central Park (Behind the Library)

On Gothard between Slater and Talbert

Camps open to the Public on Saturday and Sunday

  Battle Times: Sat: 1:30 and 4 PM / Sun: 11 and 2 PM

Always Free to the Public!

Schedule updated below. 

Historic Huntington - GAR camp - Acacia
2 SEPT

Reenactor Setup

@ Noon

3 SEPT

Open @ 10

Battles @

1:30 & 4PM

4 SEPT

Open @ 10 

Battles @

11AM & 2PM

Reenactor Updates

 

 
A Civil War in Huntington Beach?
A Century Old Tradition of Education & Patriotism

Civil War Days was founded in 1993 by Maureen Rivers and Carl Clink in Bartlett Park behind the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach. This first event hosted no more than thirty reenactors with a single cannon. Today Civil War Days has expanded to host historical reenactors from all over the United States, attracting tens of  thousands of spectators each year.

The Huntington Beach Historical Society welcomes you to this glorious event that is always free to the public. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Huntington Beach hosted a number of annual Western region encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic, the fraternal organization of the Union veterans of the Civil War. At these encampments members met to reminisce about their service, promote veterans advocacy, and to teach people about the War, and the history of our country. Now we are proud continue Huntington Beach's tradition by promoting historical education and understanding in our community through Civil War Days.

 

 

 

2022 Program & Map

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

UPDATED 22 August
New programs on Civil War logistics, Reconstruction, and Native American service, politics, and conflicts in the Civil War.

Locations
✶In Sutler Circle                 ⚔ On Battlefield
««« Grant’s HQ      + Quartermaster Depot
 
Saturday

10AM - EVENT OPENS
 
11AM BATTLEFIELD CONCERT ⚔
FT. THE RICHMOND HOWITZERS BAND
 
11:30AM - NATIVES AMERICANS ✶
NATIVE VOICES IN THE WAR
 
NOON -  LEE & GRANT «««
A CONVERSATION WITH THE GENERALS
 
12:30PM – CIVIL WAR ENGINEERS «««
 
1PM – THE GRANTS «««
ULYSSES & JULIA GRANT AT CITY POINT
 
1:30 PM - FIRST BATTLE ⚔
& HISTORICAL WEAPONS DEMONSTRATION
 TO FOLLOW ON BATTLEFIELD.
 
2PM - PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS ✶
 
2:30PM– ARMY HEADQUARTERS «««
GRANT’S PLAN TO END THE WAR
 
3PM – RECONSTRUCTION ✶
DEBATING THE PLAN FOR THE SOUTH
 
3:30PM– CIVIL WAR LOGISITCS  
 
4 PM - SECOND BATTLE ⚔
 
4:45PM –LINCOLN’S AMENDMENT ✶
A PROPOSED TOTAL ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
 
5:30PM - TWILIGHT  CONCERT
FT. THE ARMORY BAND ✶

 
SUNDAY

 9AM - CHURCH SERVICES ⚔
 
930AM - BATTLEFIELD CONCERT ⚔
  FT. THE RICHMOND HOWITZERS BAND
 
10AM - NATIVES AMERICANS ✶
  NATIVE VOICES IN THE WAR
 
10:30PM –– CIVIL WAR LOGISITCS  
 
11 AM - FIRST BATTLE ⚔
& HISTORICAL WEAPONS DEMONSTRATION
 TO FOLLOW ON BATTLEFIELD.
 
11:45 PM – ARMY HEADQUARTERS «««
GRANT’S PLAN TO END THE WAR
 
NOON –LINCOLN’S AMENDMENT ✶
A PROPOSED TOTAL ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
 
12:30PM  – LEE & GRANT ✶
A CONVERSATION WITH THE GENERALS
 
1PM – CIVIL WAR ENGINEERS ⚔
 
1:30PM – THE GRANTS ✶
ULYSSES & JULIA GRANT AT CITY POINT

2 PM - SECOND BATTLE ⚔
 
245PM - PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS ✶

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President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Delivered honestly.

​           NW Corner of Ellis & Goldenwest 

  • Camp Reservations

    Units should coordinate with their chain of command, individuals & civilians email HBHistory@aol.com

  • Reenactor Registration Online

Please register only if you are currently a reenactor. To join please see recruitment information below. 

Scan the below release and email to HBCivilWarDays@gmail.com

&

Send $5 via Paypal.com to 

HBCivilWarDays@gmail.com

Pre-Registered Reenactors will receivve two extra raffle tickets for the Reenactor Raffle on Sunday.

Pick up your registration card and tickets at the Registration Booth in the Sutler Area. 

  • Reenactor Registration By Mail

Mail the below release with the $5 fee to:

Rivers/HBHS 

19651 Seawind Cir.

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Make checks payable to "HBHS"

Reenactors may also register the day of the event at the Registration Booth. 

Reenactor

Release Form

Reenactor 

Parking Pass 2022

TO ARMS!

How to Become a Reenactor

 

Civil War Days hosts reenactors from all over the United States, each living historians with their own impressions of people whom lived 160 years ago. The vast majority of reenactors belong to individual units, portraying a particular infantry or cavalry company, or artillery battery. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Many of these units recruit members from the Southern California area - if you are interested in joining a reenacting unit please contact the email below.

For all inquiries please contact HBHistory@aol.com - your request will be forwarded through the appropriate channels. Please include your name, phone number, city, and your preference for the Union, the Confederacy, or something civilian. 

Historical Activities

  • Meet President Lincoln, General Grant, and many many other historical figures from the war and participate in discussions on important topics of the era from slavery and and the prosecution of the war to relations with Native Americans and countries like Britain and France.

  • Visit "Reedsburg", the historic town of civilian folk to learn about daily life in the 19th century

  • Stop by the Historical Society tent for refreshments and visit the many sutlers to find a historic souvenir, book, or clothing.

  • Visit each army's camp to see the soldiers prepare for battle and rest up for the next engagement.

  • Watch recreation of the military tactics and manoeuvres of the 19th century.

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