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Photo Essay: "The Blue & the Gray" Civil War Reenactment @ Tierra Rejada Ranch, 11/11/07

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I’ve been hearing about Civil War reenactments for a while now, but until this year I had no idea there was one a few miles from LA County. According to the official event website, this particular reenactment (hosted by the Richmond Howitzer Battalion) is the largest in Southern California. The participants, many of whom are veterans, pay the expenses themselves and the attention to detail is amazing.

This year, the event took place Nov. 10-11 at the Tierra Rejada Ranch in Moorpark. Reenactments included the battles of Antietam, Shiloh, Cold Harbor, Franklin and more. I caught the final battle on the 11th—the Battle of Franklin followed by the Gettysburg Address.

The day was drizzly and gray, which seemed an appropriate setting for the battle. More photos after the jump.