Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Civil War era encampment in Huntington Beach, September 2009

Last September 5, I went to Huntington Beach Central park to see the annual gathering of civil war buffs and their encampment. I was surprised at the size of the encampment and the number of participants in their authentic costumes. They easily outnumbered the visitors/onlookers! When I was strolling at their "village," I felt like I was transported to their era by a time machine.

Next year, I'm going to bring my grandchildren to their encampment and war re-enactment because it is a good learning experience for them to see history alive and in the flesh.






This guy is displaying the various weapons used in combat during this ugly phase of US history





The confederates assembling for a big showdown with the union contingent


The northern or union contingent preparing to meet force with force


The conferate troop marching to battle to the beat of a drummer boy


The artillerymen waiting for the opportune moment to rain in death and destruction


Not my kind of fighting! Opponents lined up against each other, face to face and exchanging shots like they are on a target range.


Casualties start to mount


The victorious contingent returning from the battlefield


A field hospital doctor explaining what he had to do when the dying and wounded start coming in

17 comments:

bing said...

admirable to see a re enactment such as this. for people to participate, it must be worth it.

bertN said...

bing, the participants I talked to said they really enjoy this make believe encampment and they look forward to it every year.

docgelo said...

i think this is so cool. looks like a set from an epic movie or a museum-come-alive!
...was it free?

bertN said...

docgelo, believe it or not, it is free and parking is free, as well; yet not many people come to see the event. I guess it is because it is not widely advertised. I think the participants want it that way so they can live in their make believe world for a weekend without being bothered too much by the public, although they welcome them with open arms.

dodong flores said...

This is a very good learning experience. I wish we also have that kind of activity here in the Philippines.

At long last, I could visit your blog again after two typhoons lambasted here in the Philippines. I think I missed several posts here...

bertN said...

dodong flores, I read your accounts of you and your wife's experience with Ondoy and Pepeng and the loss you suffered. You are one gutsy individual...I like your "never say die" attitude.

Btw, you got a great, loving wife; and your wife got a gem of a man in you. Stay together and nothing, natural or man-made, will break your spirit down.

Sidney said...

Amazing...it looks so real !

Missy said...

That is an odd enactment looks so real but enlightening for others who may not know the US history. Nakakatakot lang yun barilan parang totoo hehehe especially for kids baka matakot....like me hehehe batang isip pala ako LOL

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

It's really weird how in the old days fighting was done face to face as if they were taunting each other first before killing each other off. Like the ones in the East Coast, this is an impressive reenactment - always like the real deal huh?

bertN said...

Sydney,it looked real. Luckily, they shoot blanks - it is all sound and no fury.

Missy, kapag nandoon ka para kang nasa ibang page ng US history. Maingay nga yung putukan but nobody really gets hurt except the feeling of the designated losers LOL.

The Nomadic Pinoy, I still cannot comprehend how soldiers during that era can stand face to face and trade shots without seeking cover as if they are immune to injury or death. Weird indeed.

rolly said...

I saw this reenactment at the Lonely Planet with justin Shapiro. I would have been thrilled watching history unfold before my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Lantaw said...

they really take these reenactments seriously. it must have been quiet a photo ops

bertN said...

Rolly, I enjoyed the time I was there.

Lantaw, I saw a lot of people armed with point and shoot and professional-looking cameras shooting their hearts out.

Dennis Villegas said...

Ang galing, talagang time travel ang ginawa nila ano? Sana meron din ganyan dito sa Pilipinas na ang tema naman ay ang panahon ng Rebolusyong 1896 :)

bertN said...

Dennis, OK yung idea na yan ah. Puedeng magtayo ng resort o recreation village ng mga Katipunero nung panahon ng Kastila.

Photo Cache said...

I've always wanted to see reenactments in person. But I don't think there is something like this close by where I live. Must be one hell of an experience.

bertN said...

Photo Cache, it is something to see also how the participants clean up the mess they leave in the battlefield.