The Moorpark Rotary Club presents:

Moorpark 2014 - Grant Takes Command!

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 thirteenth anniversary!

A Civil War Alliance event

Hosted by the Richmond Howitzers

Past Moorpark events featured stars from Gettysburg and Gods and Generals:

Bruce Boxleitner (General Longstreet)

David Carpenter (Colonel Devin & Chaplain Tucker Lacey)

Patrick Gorman (General John Bell Hood)

As well as:

Peter Sherayko, Tombstone

Phil Spangenberger, Wild West Tech

Marty Kove, Karate Kid, Wyatt Earp, Rambo

 

Check back to see who is confirmed for this year!

 

 

November 8-9, 2014 

Moorpark, CA (New location!)

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)

 

Multimedia

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

Here are the latest Moorpark Rotary advertising spots:

60 second TV

30 second TV

30 second radio


Public Information

Admission/Concessions

Event Schedule (see Latest News below)

Directions

Weather

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


2013 Moorpark Country Days Parade participants

 

Reenactor Information

Safety & General Event Rules 

Registration form

Event Schedule (see Latest News below..)

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

25 October 2014

 

My fellow reenactors,
 
I forgot to mention several important matters in my last message.
 
First, the following Simi Valley hotels, only one off-ramp away from the event off-ramp, will offer great rates for reenactors:
 
    Grand Vista Hotel: 805-583-2000; $60.00--includes breakfast. 
    Holiday Inn Express: 805-584-6006; $89.00--includes breakfast. 
 
Second, the registration/release/waiver will be posted on the web site shortly. It may be already posted there. Only if you are a minor who will attend the event without a parent present is it important for you to download this document and have it signed by a parent before you leave home. Everyone else can register as they arrive.
 
Third, I forgot to mention that our event theme this year is "Grant Takes Command."
 
Fourth, I have received questions about the parking. If I did not make it clear, reenactors will have "primo" parking behind the sutler area inside the event site. Only reenactors who disregard the instructions in my message and who disregard the signs that will be prominently posted are in danger of parking in the spectator parking lot at Moorpark College.
 
Fifth, although charcoal fires will be permitted, you will still need to have them in above-ground fire pits.
 
Sixth, yes, there will be a dance. The schedule I gave you was the spectator schedule. The reenactor schedule will come later.
 
Seventh, the Rotary Club will offer its usual, great Saturday night dinner for reenactors, always a popular aspect of the event, for a mere $6.00. This will save many reenactors the trouble of preparing their own food on Saturday night.
 
Eighth, concerning the address of the site reenactors have asked about, there is no address as such, since it is raw land. To get there, on the 118 Freeway, exit at Collins Drive. Go north to Campus Park Drive, turn right and follow the signs. At the end of this street you will see the reenactor entrance.
 
See the earlier event message below with additional details you need to know.
 
Ed Mann


 

23 October 2014

 

My fellow reenactors,
 
We're only a couple of weeks away from the best event of the year! Come join with us at this brand new location!

 I have been to the site a couple of times in the past two months. This sprawling, 3600 acre property is now accessible to us because of the oil boom. There are several working oil rigs on the site. (This site was owned by Union Oil until about ten years or so ago.) Now that there is more profit in oil, the rigs have become operational again. To make that happen, 18-wheel big rigs needed to haul in oil rig equipment. To do that, the access road needed to be improved.  If 18-wheelers loaded with thousands of pounds of steel can make it into the property, your vehicle can, too. Road Runner Shuttle will be providing a fleet of vans and 25 passenger shuttle buses. They expect no problems, so why should you? Fire department and police department approval would not have been granted if the road presented a danger to the public.
 
The reenactor parking will be excellent. You will drive in, unload, and park behind sutler row. As a condition for using the Moorpark College parking lot, the college has required that reenactors not park in other lots. If you do park there, the campus police may take some action. I am not sure what that will be, so do not park there. But there is no reason for you to park there, especially if better parking is available at the site.
 
Now here is something to which you need to pay close attention.
 
Now here is something to which you need to pay close attention.
 
Now here is something to which you need to pay close attention.
 
I hope that I now have your attention. WARNING - The college will enforce the Penal Code provision that makes the carrying of a firearm on campus a felony. Yes, a FELONY. Even though the Penal Code gives the college the right to give permission to someone to carry a gun on campus (just as we did at Pierce College and just as reenactors do with Living History events throughout the year), Moorpark College won't do this for reasons that are beyond me. If the college does not want to grant us a waiver and allow us to carry replica firearms on campus, there is nothing whatsoever we can do about it.
 
So, if you are a scofflaw who decides to park in a less convenient place, carry a gun, and take your chances with the college police, that is your choice. If the decision by Moorpark College, over which the Rotary Club has no control, offends you, please do not hold the Rotary Club accountable, as the restrictions came straight from the college.  If you follow my instructions here, you do not need to step one foot on the Moorpark College campus to take part in this event, which is on private property.
 
To get to the site, you will exit the 118 Freeway at Collins Drive, go north, and turn right on Campus Drive. Simply follow the signs to the event. You will stop at the reenactor registration booth, sign a registration/release, obtain a parking pass, and then proceed to the site. 
 
The registration fee is $5.00 for you and each person who accompanies you in period attire. Each of you must register. You will be given a registration card which you will keep on your person (and not in your tent) throughout your time at the event. You will also be given a raffle ticket at that time (and you must be present on Sunday to win).
 
Non-reenactor immediate family members arriving with a re-enactor will be charged $5 and receive a wristband.  
 
If a re-enactor brings non-reenactor friends (not immediate family) with them, they will be charged $15 each and receive a wristband. The honor system will be in place for this matter, so keep that in mind.
 
Late arrivals can park in a special late arrival parking area for reenactors.
 
Water will be readily available. Troughs will be provided for horses. Straw will be provided for reenactors. Hay will be provided for horses.
 
In order to gain fire department approval, open fires will not be permitted. Charcoal fires are permitted, however. This is a small price to pay in a drought where serious concerns about brush fires are understandable.
 
It is requested that each unit have a fire extinguisher available. Artillery should have one on each gun line.
 
The dance floor that we used for the first ten years or so at the Tierra Rejada location will be reconstructed on site. Chairs and tables will likewise be brought in for this area.
 
Here's the schedule:
 
Saturday, November 8th
10:00 Event officially begins
11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)
11:30 Presidential Press Conference - Presidents Lincoln and Davis
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT
           ( Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “ Gettysburg
             Address,” and “The Grand Review”)
  1:00 Infantry Demonstration
  1:00 Military Band Concert - The Mountain Fifes & Drum Corps
          (Stage)
  2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class - Public Participation encouraged
          (Dance Floor)
  2:00 Surrender at Appomattox
  2:30 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration, 3rd U.S. Artillery
  3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT       
          (Followed by the “ Gettysburg Address”)
  3:45 Evans & Rogers (Reviewing Stand)
  4:15 A conversation with the Presidents and the Generals
  5:15 THIRD ENGAGEMENT - TWILIGHT BATTLE
  6:15 Spectators Depart 
 
Sunday, November 9th
10:00 Event officially begins
11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)
11:00 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:30 Presidential Press Conference - Presidents Lincoln and Davis
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT          
          (Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “ Gettysburg
           Address,” “Veterans’ Salute” and “The Grand Review”)
  1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstration
  1:30 Military Band Concert - Mountain Fifes and Drums (Stage)
  2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class - Public participation encouraged
          (Dance Floor)
  2:00 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration - 3rd U.S. Artillery
  2:30 SECOND ENGAGEMENT
          (Followed by the “ Gettysburg Address”)
  3:00 Surrender at Appomattox (Reviewing Stand)
  3:30 A conversation with the Presidents and the Generals
  4:00 Event Ends
 
With the transition to the new site, there will be no school program this year. 
 
You may arrive anytime after 9:00 a.m. and before 10:00 p.m. on Friday. You may arrive after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.
 
Admission prices for the public have been increased this year. About that, first, remember that this event is a fundraiser. Political fundraisers, for example, sometimes charge thousands of dollars a plate for dinners, and it is not because the rubber chicken served there tastes all that great. The proceeds at our event go to charity. In addition, with the change in venue, the cost of producing this event has gone up significantly, so there is hope that the gate proceeds will help offset that extra expense to some degree.
 
Information from me has been minimal this year because so many things have taken so long for the Rotary Club to work out with this new site. The registration process, for example, was finalized today. I will have more information in another message (or perhaps two) before the event. Regardless, I request that reenactors please stop bombarding the Rotary Club's event Facebook page with inquiries. Either contact me directly or through www.civilwaralliance.com. My event messages will be posted there, too.
 
Now, let's move forward and have a great event!
 
Ed

 

 

 

2 September 2014

 

My fellow reenactors,
 
Early this year, you may have received my "Moorpark Down" message. Now, it's "Moorpark Rises" on November 8-9!!!
 
Most of you have no clue about the effort, stomach acid, and time it took the Moorpark Rotary Club to get the event nailed down at this new site. The search for another site after the loss of Tierra Rejada Ranch involved an effort that made Ulysses' effort to return home after the Trojan War, by comparison, a walk in the park.
 
After it seemed that all alternatives of an acceptable replacement site had been exhausted, the 3600 acre property that formerly belonged to Union Oil, which Dale Parvin and I first toured in 2001 before the Tierra Rejada Ranch site was selected. suddenly became available, compliments of the current owners, Waste Management. The problem in 2001 was the lack of a safe access route onto the property. Just as it seemed like no new site could be had anywhere near Moorpark, we discovered by accident that what had been the goat trail entrance at the west end of the property had been recently improved to the point that big rigs hauling oil equipment could negotiate the road.
 
This sprawling, nearly pristine property is probably five miles long, although I haven't actually measured it.You may have seen the photo I sent a couple of months ago. That particular site will not be the one we use, as it turns out. It is in an unincorporated area of Ventura County, and the process of obtaining a permit will cost many thousands of dollars and take months to complete. (We have hopes that an amendment to the county ordinances by next year will allow us the time to obtain the permit, as well as reduce the huge fees that need to be paid in order to obtain a conditional use permit.)
 
"By the grace of an ever-kind Providence," however, the western-most end of the 3600 acre property is within the city limits of the City of Moorpark. The approval process with the City of Moorpark is much simpler, so that is where we will have our event.
 
Access to the site will still be controlled. You, as a reenactor, will be able to drive in, unload, and continue to a nearby reenactor parking area that is hidden from the main site. The public, however, will be brought in on a large fleet of vans, most of which will be 15-passenger Roadrunner Shuttle vans. The public will park at Moorpark College on its paved parking lots and travel for about 10 minutes approximately 1/2 mile to the site.
 
One change you should note is that, at least for this year, there will be no school program on Friday.
 
For those of you who are willing to help, your attendance and participation on September 27 in the Moorpark Country Days Parade in order to publicize our event and its new location will be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you can help.
 
Watch for more information soon.
 
For now, it's on to Moorpark!
 
Ed Mann
Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested. 

 

12 June 2014

 

We're moving!  After 12 years of gracious hospitality at the Tierra Rejada Ranch, the time has come to move to another location.  The Civil War Alliance and the Moorpark Rotary successfully negotiated for the use of Los Alamos Canyon for the event this year!  This site offers a lot of terrain for battles and bivouacs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.