Moorpark Rotarian Scott Farrenkopf  Moorpark Rotarian Dale Parvin

Rotary Online Makeup Program

Meeting Date: 2 November 2012

Prepared By: Wendy Campanella with Moorpark Rotarians Scott Farrenkopf and Dale Parvin

 

Moorpark Blue and Gray

Each year the Rotary Club of Moorpark puts on an impressive reenactment of key battles in the U.S. Civil War. This year's—the 12th annual—is coming up soon on the weekend of November 10th and 11th. The event is not a celebration of war, but rather an historical look back at a defining moment in U.S. history and a key step forward in equal treatment of all people. The Moorpark club uses the event as a fund raiser to support the good works of Rotary.

The membership of the Rotary eClub of One World is a varied and largely international group, so some perspective on the American Civil War is appropriate.

The war began in 1861. Eleven of the then 36 U.S. states declared secession from the Union, mostly over attempts by the U.S. government to abolish slavery in the country, a practice many southern plantations has relied on for decades. The war was the deadliest in American history, and the 4-year conflict at times pitted brother against brother and father against son. It ended mostly through attrition rather than a decisive conclusive battle, and resulted in the abolition of slavery throughout the country.

During the war the president of the Union, Abraham Lincoln, gave a speech reminding the country of the values that had brought about the formation of the nation in the first place, and reiterating the principles of human equality. The speech is celebrated to this day, and most American school children are asked to memorize and recite it. The following video give you a sense of the power and context of this speech.

The video you just watched is footage from a previous year's reenactment by the Moorpark Rotary Club. Follow this link to view a video that gives a more general flavor of the event:http://www.vcstar.com/videos/detail/blues-and-grays-battle-again/.

This (3:19) video shows a reenactment of a night battle from a previous year's event and gives you a sense of how a mid-nineteenth century war felt.

All the photos in this program are courtesy of Bob Jensen, and many more mesmerizingimages can be found at http://www.bobjensenphotography.com.

If you'll be in the Southern California area, here are the details on attending the event

Location: Tierra Rejada Ranch behind Underwood Farms at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021.

Event Schedule:

Throughout both days in Civilian Camp: Leather crafting demonstration, historic sewing demonstrations, blacksmithing demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and others.

Saturday, November 10th

10:00 Event officially begins

11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)

11:00 Military Band Concert - The Old Armory Band (Stage)

11:00 Abolitionist Rally--American Anti-Slavery Society (Civilian Camp)

11:30 Presidential Press Conference -- Presidents Lincoln and Davis (Reviewing Stand)

12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT - "SOUTH MOUNTAIN - THE PRELUDE" (Preceded by "Cavalry Clash!", followed by the "Gettysburg Address," and The Grand Review)

1:00 Infantry Demonstration (Reviewing Stand)

1:00 Military Band Concert - The Mountain Fifes & Drums Corps (Stage)

1:30 Civil War Period Dance Class ( Public participation encouraged - Dance Floor)

2:00 Military Band Concert - The Band of the Marine Battalion (Stage)

2:00 Surrender at Appomattox (Reviewing Stand)

2:30 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration, 3rd U. S. Artillery (Reviewing Stand)

3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT - "THE CORNFIELD" (Followed by the Gettysburg Address)

3:45 Evans & Rogers (Reviewing Stand)

4:15 A Conversation with the Presidents and the Generals (Reviewing Stand)

5:15 THIRD ENGAGEMENT - TWILIGHT BATTLE

6:15 Spectators Depart

Sunday, November 11th

10:00 Event officially begins

10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)

11:00 Meet with Civilians, Spies, and Privateers (Civilian Camp)

11:00 Military Band Concert - The Old Armory Band (Stage)

11:00 Abolitionist Rally--American Anti-Slavery Society (Civilian Camp)

11:30 Presidential Press Conference -- Presidents Lincoln and Davis (Reviewing Stand)

12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT - "THE BLOODY LANE" (Preceded by "Cavalry Clash!" and followed by the Gettysburg Address, Veteran’s Salute and The Grand Review)

1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstration (Reviewing Stand)

1:00 Military Band Concert - Mountain Fifes and Drums (Stage)

1:30 Civil War Period Dance Class ( Public participation encouraged - Dance Floor)

2:00 Military Concert - The Band of the Marine Battalion (Stage)

2:00 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration--3rd U. S. Artillery (Reviewing Stand)

2:30 SECOND ENGAGEMENT- "BURNSIDE’S ASSAULT "(Followed by the Gettysburg Address)

3:00 Surrender at Appomattox (Reviewing Stand)

3:30 A Conversation with the Presidents and the Generals (Reviewing Stand)

4:00 Event Ends

For complete details on the event, please visit their website athttp://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?cid=2188&pid=10555

 
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