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Moorpark 2013 : Moorpark, the largest Civil War reenacting event in Southern California, is always a thriller. The setting on a working farm with the hills surrounding the battlefield is a great location. Dozens of horses and hundreds of Civil War reenactors, history buffs, and battle enthusiasts gather for the annual event rain or shine. This year it was sunny and hot! Unlike other Civil War reenacting events, the one thing that makes this one really special is the night battle. If you're lucky enough to catch the guns exploding or the cannons expoding at just the right time, you will feel the excitement of capturing a great image. I enjoy capturing the faces of the reenactors more than anything else, especially when they don't know they're being photographed. For me it is just a much more natural expression than the ones I get when I ask them to pose for me, although, I do that too! Second favorite thing I love to shoot at these events is the horses. Maybe it's because my grandfather raised thoroughbred horses and was an incredible jockey in Europe, but I just adore the horses. This year did not disappoint and the horses were thrilling. It was a long, tiring, dusty, and dirty weekend for my husband who is in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, but he wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy the weekend also and look forward to next year and the excitement that ensues on the Moorpark battlefield! I hope you enjoy the gallery of images and please feel free to leave a comment for any of the photos you like. I appreciate the feedback. Enjoy!

Moorpark 2013

Elizabeth Heath

Moorpark, the largest Civil War reenacting event in Southern Californi ...

Updated: Jan 31, 2014 9:57am PST

It's Cold in Macon :

It's Cold in Macon


Updated: Jan 08, 2014 7:38am PST

Soldiers & Sweethearts Ball  2008 : Dance hosted by the 3rd VA Infantry was held on February 16, 2008 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Soldiers & Sweethearts Ball 2008

Bob Mislan

Dance hosted by the 3rd VA Infantry was held on February 16, 2008 in V ...

Updated: Oct 11, 2013 10:33am PST

Fort Sumter National Monument, SC (9-8-13) : The predawn stillness of April 12, 1861 belied a nervous tension that enshrouded the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina.  In numerous batteries and battlements ringing the harbor soldiers from the surrounding region sat quietly near their guns waiting, and in many cases hoping, for the order to strike out at those who would defy their home state.  Arguably the most nervous men in Charleston that morning were those who huddled within the walls of Fort Sumter, men who had been caught up in a sudden whirlwind of historic events, men who occupied the last federal outpost in a state that had, at least in their minds, gone suddenly and terribly mad.

Three months earlier, in response to the election of President Lincoln and the subsequent succession of South Carolina, U.S. Major Robert Anderson, had moved this small garrison from the nearby but indefensible Fort Moultrie to the isolated and as-yet unfinished Fort Sumter in the middle of the harbor.  Tactically, this was a good move as Fort Sumter's 50-foot high, 5-foot thick walls would offer a good deal more protection against any violent attempt to take the fort.  Sumter was built to house 135 cannon which, when properly manned, could certainly repel any attempt by the upstart rebels to take it.  Unfortunately, Major Anderson commanded only 127 men, far short of the fort's 650-man full compliment, and only about 60 cannon.  As such, the troops inside Fort Sumter were acutely aware that they were at the mercy of the ever-increasing forces surrounding them.  Knowing that any aggressive action on their part would likely spark a war, Major Anderson wisely resolved to hold his position as long as his dwindling supplies would allow.

Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, commander of the South Carolina forces, was also acutely aware that time was running out for Anderson and he was under increasing pressure to force the issue.  He had made repeated attempts over the previous weeks to achieve the surrender of the fort through negotiation.  Without resupply, he knew, the fort could not hold out much longer.  Though many in the south wanted him to take the fort by force of arms Beauregard also knew that blame for starting the war would rest upon the South and, more specifically, on him.  President Lincoln, however, forced his hand.

Lat on the evening of April 11, 1861 Union resupply ships began to arrive off the entrance to Charleston Harbor not far from Fort Sumter.  If the supplies contained within those ships were allowed to reach Fort Sumter Major Anderson and his forces would be able to hold out indefinitely.  That same evening Beauregard sent a small delegation of men with the message that this would be the last chance for Anderson to surrender the fort peaceably.  Major Anderson flatly refused.  At 4:30am on the morning of April 12, 1861 a loud report pierced the morning sky as a single mortar round ascended from Fort Johnson towards Fort Sumter.  Within minutes, at this signal, batteries on all sides of the harbor opened up and Fort Sumter was bathed in a ring of fire.  The conflict so long anticipated and feared had arrived.  The U.S. Civil War had begun.

Major Anderson and his small band of beleaguered troops held out for 34 hours, but it was a futile resistance.  Realizing the hopelessness of his situation, Anderson surrendered the fort on April 13th.  The flag of the Confederacy flew over the fort without incident for the next two years when, in 1863 the Union finally began efforts to retake the facility.  The various Union attempts to force the surrender of the fort followed a simple strategy...pummel the fort into submission.  From 1863 to 1865 Fort Sumter underwent no less than --- periods of bombardment  by the end of which Fort Sumter was little more than a giant pile of bricks, but still it defiantly stood.  It wasn't until February 17, 1865 as General Sherman's army occupied Charleston itself that the fort was abandoned and the Stars and Stripes once again flew over its battered ramparts.

After the war the rubble was cleared and walls were partially repaired but the fort was left unmanned.  It wasn't until 1897, with the commencement of the Spanish-American War that the government was prompted to garrison the fort once again and construction was begun on a huge concrete battery which would bisect the old parade grounds.  Named Battery Huger, the fort served as a lookout and coastline defense post off and on for the next 50 years though it never saw action.  After World War 2 the fort was officially decommissioned and was handed over to the National Park Service as a National Monument in 1948.

Today, any visit to Fort Sumter should begin at the visitor center located on the west shore of the Cooper River in Liberty Square in downtown Charleston.  Numerous displays tell the history of the fort and on display are many period artifacts, including the flag which flew so defiantly during those furious 34 hours in the spring of 1861.  After the visitor center two ferry's are available to take visitors out to the fort itself, one from the docks adjacent to the center and one from across the river at Patriots Point Park.  This album represents my third visit to the fort and I haven't tired of going back.  Walking along the walls still marked and gouged by shot and shell from 150 years ago bring those momentous events back in a very tangible way.  As the ignition point for the greatest conflagration this nation has ever endured, Fort Sumter is a must-see for any enthusiast of American History...

<center><i>"Our Southern brethren have done grievously; they have rebelled and have attacked their father's house and their loyal brothers. They must be punished and brought back, but this necessity breaks my heart." </i>       <br>- Major Robert Anderson</center>

Fort Sumter National Monument, SC (9-...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

The predawn stillness of April 12, 1861 belied a nervous tension that ...

Updated: Sep 26, 2013 7:01am PST

Huntington Beach Reenactment 2013 : Civil War reenacting is always fun to watch. It's educational, exciting, and fun for the spectators. For the reenactors it is relationships, hard word, and sometimes exhausting as it was at Huntington Beach this year with temperatures and humidity that brought down even the young and strong. Despite that the chance to build encampments, eat food prepared over an open fire, get dirty, leave the razor at home, and generally be a big kid for the weekend is very appealing for my husband. We are part of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry under the Frontier Army of the West. My husband dresses out and participates in the battles, and I am always looking for a great spot with good light and not too many people in the background to capture the action. My goal is to make my images look as authentic as possible which can be tricky with so many people enjoying the activity. For the most part, I think I succeeded. There are a few shots of our group that I wanted despite the crowd in the background, however, turning them to sepia tone helped make the spectators less obvious. I've posted 294 images!!! Yes, I know that's a lot, but do take the time to skim through page by page stopping at the ones that catch your eye. I've included lots of battle scenes, individuals, ladies tea, and camp images. By the way, the ladies of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry put on a fantastic ladies tea every year. If I weren't busy capturing the moments, I would be in there with the rest of the women enjoying scones, finger sandwiches, fresh strawberries, and this year ice cream! If you haven't attended a Civil War reenactment, I encourage you wholeheartedly to come on out and enjoy the experience. They are generally very inexpensive or free and there is something for everyone to enjoy, including the kids. Watch the battles, walk through the camps, talk to the soldiers, and visit the sutlers (shop keepers). You will leave the event feeling as if you've taken part in a little bit of history and you have. As always all the images posted here are available for purchase as web res downloads for $2.99. For prints you would like to purchase, contact me and I'll give you pricing. I'll see you at the next reenactment!

Huntington Beach Reenactment 2013

Elizabeth Heath

Civil War reenacting is always fun to watch. It's educational, excitin ...

Updated: Sep 16, 2013 12:31pm PST

Civil War Re-enactment 2010 : Civil War Re-enactment & Encampment at Hamlin Beach State Park 2010

Civil War Re-enactment 2010

Paul Miller

Civil War Re-enactment & Encampment at Hamlin Beach State Park 2010

Updated: Sep 02, 2013 5:09am PST

Historic Fort Snelling - Civil War Weekend 2012 : Civil War demonstrations at Historic Fort Snelling St. Paul, Minnesota.

Historic Fort Snelling - Civil War We...

Nick Lawrence

Civil War demonstrations at Historic Fort Snelling St. Paul, Minnesota ...

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 10:49pm PST

Celebrate Life :

Celebrate Life


Updated: Jun 09, 2013 7:36pm PST

ELTON JOHN in Macon 2013 :

ELTON JOHN in Macon 2013


Updated: May 10, 2013 6:36pm PST

Antietam- The location of Gardner's camera tripod at Bloody Lane : Results of a research project to locate the tripod holes of Alex Gardner on Sunken Road in 1862.  Start at page 1.   It is important to read the dialog.

Antietam- The location of Gardner's c...


Results of a research project to locate the tripod holes of Alex Gardn ...

Updated: Apr 27, 2013 2:32pm PST