LATEST UPDATES:  2011 event photo links are HERE

The Moorpark Rotary Club presents:

Moorpark 2012 - Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War 

Richmond Howitzers in action, 2012.  (photo credit: Rusty Nelson)


The Largest and Grandest Civil War Event in Southern California and the Largest Civil War Battle Reenactment West of the Mississippi! 

Our eleventh anniversary!

A Civil War Alliance event

Hosted by the Richmond Howitzers

Featuring stars from Gettysburg and Gods and Generals:

Bruce Boxleitner as General Longstreet

David Carpenter as Colonel Devin & Chaplain Tucker Lacey

Patrick Gorman as General John Bell Hood

As well as:

Peter Sherayko, Tombstone

Phil Spangenberger, Wild West Tech

Marty Kove, Karate Kid, Wyatt Earp, Rambo



November 10-11, 2012

Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark, CA

Three Battles on Saturday (12:00, 3:00, 5:15)
& Two on Sunday (12:00, 2:30)


All Proceeds Go to Worthy Causes

Union Troops on the move (Photo credit Nikolai Sklobovsky PhotoSoCal)



Click HERE for the Moorpark Event Photo Gallery

Click HERE to see video shot at the 2009 event 

Click HERE to see Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

at the Moorpark Event

Public Information

Download the event flyer HERE


Event Schedule



Andrew Prine, Patrick Gorman, and Bruce Boxleitner having lunch at the Richmond Howitzers' command tent

Reenactor Information


Safety & General Event Rules 

Event Schedule

Special announcement for veterans

Order of Battle

Soldiers emerging from a cornfield at Moorpark.

For more information, please contact Ed Mann via the link below:



Rick Williams as Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer in the 2010 event.


Latest News

4 October 2012


For those of you attending the Moorpark event and who do not wish to camp, the following hotels in Simi Valley are offering reenactor discounts:


Holiday Inn Express
$85 includes breakfast
800-465-4329 or 805-584-6006

Posada Royal (Best Western)
$89 includes breakfast
800-994-4884 or 805-584-6300

Grand Vista Hotel
$60 includes breakfast
800-455-7464 or 805-583-2000

Ask for the "Civil War rate."


If you are not diverted on other matters, we can always use more participants in the Moorpark Country Days parade this Saturday. The more the merrier. Bring cartridges for your muskets and carbines and blast away on the parade route.


However you get to Moorpark, if you come on the 23 Freeway or the 118 Freeway, exit at Los Angeles Avenue. Go west about 2 miles to Gabbert Road. Turn right and go to the check point at Poindexter and Gabbert Road. You will be directed from there.


Try to arrive by 9:00, a little earlier if you can.


Ed Mann




My fellow reenactors,


With Huntington Beach behind us, we now look forward to the Moorpark event, the event so many reenactors put on their "must attend list" each year.


The event theme this year will be Antietam/Sharpsburg. On behalf of our sponsor, the Moorpark Rotary Club, and your host unit, the Richmond Howitzers, I invite all of you to attend this great event.  Expect to see notable Civil War movie actors in camp and on the field. I will confirm the names as we get closer.


Where else in Southern California do you have ground charges, aerial pyrotechnics, a Sunken Road/Bloody Lane, and The Cornfield for an Antietam based event? Where else do you have a "mountain" to use for a South Mountain scenario? This year, we will use the land in entirely new ways and take advantage of its assets even more than usual, so come join with us.


The school program will once again take place on Friday, November 9. Your help with the several hundred school kids will be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you can attend.

The Moorpark Country Days Parade will take place on October 6. This parade provides an excellent means of publicizing our event. Again, your participation will be much appreciated. Let me know if you can help.


More information will be coming, but expect the low cost Saturday night dinner that so many reenactors love.  Expect great hotel rates at very nice local hotels for those of you who do not want to camp. Details will be forthcoming. 


As always, minors need to download the release and waiver that will soon be posted on this web site if they will be attending the event without parents being present. Their parents will need to sign it for them before they leave home. For everyone else, having the signed release to hand in when they arrive will save a little time, but it is not required. There is no pre-registration

Remember, you can arrive after noon on Friday. Those participating in the school program can arrive after noon on Thursday.

The "ever popular" reenactor swap meet will take place at 8:00 on Saturday around the dance floor and stage area. This is usually the biggest one of the year.

You will receive more messages as we get closer to the event. Be sure to check this web site for late breaking news should weather developments become a concern as we get closer.  Although our luck held for ten years, we are all hoping that we don't have another "mud march" this year.

For those of you who may not know yet, General Scott Harrington has departed Southern California (as have, so it seems, so many Californians), and has decamped to Virginia. He will return to Moorpark in November as part of "Scott Harrington's Farewell Tour."

So now I hope that each of you has firm plans that will allow you to join your fellow reenactors at the "Grand Finale" of the 2012 reenacting season on Veterans Day weekend, November 10-11.

On to Moorpark!

Ed Mann




The Rotary Club of Moorpark is extremely proud of the efforts put forth by the reenactor community. In spite of the 3/4's inch of rain on Friday night, you and your soldiers put on some fantastic mini battles and saved the event from financial ruin.

Each of us faced a multitude of challenges, and yet we were able to overcome them as we moved forward through the weekend. We know it was the worst conditions ever at Moorpark, yet Ventura County residents showed up in large numbers on Sunday to support our charitable event.

I know we were questioned as to why we did not move the event to the following weekend. When the decision was made to go forward, we had
reviewed the long-range forecast which also indicated rain for the following Saturday and Sunday. Trying to implement the "rain date" plans would not have been successful. We spent over $12,000 in advertising for November 12th and 13th. As a non-profit we could not risk spending another $12,000 on re-advertising for another potential rain forecast.

The public loved the mini battles. We heard comments such as "it was up close and personal," and "I felt like I was in the thick of the battle." You and your fellow commanders adapted brilliantly to the conditions.

We can't thank you enough.

Dale Parvin
Rotary Club of Moorpark
Event Chair

PS - See you next year

10 November 2011







A shot of the night battle - a centerpiece of the event.                                                                                         Demonstration of dances of the period.

Hundreds of authentically equipped reenactors.                                                                                                    Historical personages...

Medical and surgery demonstrations.                                                                                                  Ground charges add to the realism.

The host unit, the Richmond Howitzers, in action at Moorpark.