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Photo Essay: 'The Blue and the Gray' Civil War Reenactment, 11/9/08

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Each November, Civil War reenactors gather in Moorpark to take part in Southern California's largest yearly Civil War event, called "The Blue and the Gray." And they keep it real--from the clothes they wear to the campsites (yes, they even sleep there!) The event usually takes place right before Veteran's Day, and many of the reenactment participants are veterans.

Last weekend, attendees were treated to good food, one-of-a-kind shops and educational demonstrations. Of course, the main event consisted of battle reenactments, and this year's engagements included Seven Pines, Oak Grove, Mechanicsville, and the two battles LAist attended, Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill.

To learn more about the event, which is hosted by the Richmond Howitzer Battalion, click here. And for more images, check out LAist's 2007 photo essay.

Photos by Michele Reverte for LAist