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Calico Ghost Town Civil War Re-enactment


President's Day Weekend Civil War Re-enactment  February 15-17, 2014

 Cost: $10 adult; $6 youth 6-15; and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Location: Off I-15 at the Ghost Town Road exit, 10 miles north of Barstow. calicotown.com

Yermo, CA—The Civil War is being played out in the hills of Calico Ghost Town known for its colorful hills and unique geologic formations that provide a spectacular setting for the re-creation of an historic event.  200 armies, hundreds of soldiers, mock battles, and realistic-looking  encampments commemorate the 150th anniversary of American Civil War. The Calico Ghost Town attraction that's open year-round invites the public for  a special weekend of living history.

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Civil War  Schedule of Events  February 15-17, 2014

Saturday February 15, 2014

  • 9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors – Central Calico Marine Band participation
  • 9:30 a.m. Antebellum Marine Band, Drill -Main Street South end
  • 10 a.m. Civil War music with Occasional Strings – along Main Street
  • 10:30 a.m. Combined Military Parade – along Main Street
  • 11 a.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops –North Calico Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden
  • 11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – The Silver Bowl
  • 12:30 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln – The Wishing Well - North Calico 1 p.m. Capt. Tom Atkins and Civil War dancing in the street with Occasional Strings (everyone welcome) - South Calico Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden
  • 1:30 p.m. Ladies tea - Lane House Museum Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main Street Stage
  • 2 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – North Calico-Brass Band participation Inspection of C.S. Troops– North Calico
  • 2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House -North Calico
  • 3:15 p.m. Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden Presidential birthday serenade from the Antebellum Marine Band
  • 3:30 p.m. Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico
  • 4 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico
  • 4:45 p.m. Stidger memorial service-in front of flag poles (funeral procession from the Confederate camp, north end of town) Antebellum Marine Band and Band of the Richmond Howitzers participating
  • 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town stores close for the evening!
  • 5:30 p.m. Evening colors- Antebellum Marine Band participation Visitors are invited to dine with the troops at the Saturday evening dinner-Calico House Restaurant
  • 7:15 p.m. Blue & Gray Cotillion: Music by Occasional Strings and called by Capt. Tom Atkins – The Calico House Restaurant. Visitors invited.

Sunday February 16, 2014

  • 9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors – Central Calico Marine Band participation 9:15 a.m. Church call, Central Calico-near flag poles (ending 10am)
  • 10 a.m. Civil War musi c with Occasional Strings – along Main Street
  • 10:30 a.m. Combined military parade- along Main Street Brass Band participation 11 a.m. Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden
  • 11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – The Silver Bowl
  • 12:30 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln – The Wishing Well North Calico 1 p.m. Capt. Tom Atkins and Civil War dancing in the street with Occasional Strings (everyone welcome) – South Calico Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden
  • 1:30 p.m. Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main St. Stage
  • 2 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Brass Band participation Inspection of C.S. Troops– North Calico
  • 2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House (North Calico)
  • 3:15 p.m. Music from Debby Clinkenbeard - Beer Garden Presidential birthday serenade from the Antebellum Marine Band
  • 4 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico
  • 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town Stores close for the evening! Evening colors- Antebellum Marine Band participation

Monday February 17, 2014

  • 9 a.m. Calico Ghost Town opens to visitors Color Guard post colors – Central Calico Antebellum Marine Band participation
  • 10 a.m. Civil War music with Occasional Strings – along Main Street
  • 11:15 a.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops – North Calico
  • 11:45 a.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Artillery Point near School House -North Calico
  • 12:15 p.m. Cannon demonstrations at Artillery Point – North Calico
  • 1 p.m. Stories by Abe Lincoln – The Wishing Well - North Calico Capt. Tom Atkins and Civil War dancing in the street with Occasional Strings (everyone welcome) – South Calico
  • 1:30 p.m. Press conference with Lt. Gen US Grant, Main St. Stage
  • 1:45 p.m. Inspection of U.S. Troops by President Lincoln – South Calico Inspection of C.S. Troops – North Calico
  • 2:30 p.m. CIVIL WAR BATTLE – Silver Bowl Area - South Calico
  • 3 p.m. The GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by President Abe Lincoln – Central Calico Cannon demonstration at Artillery Point – North Calico 3:15 p.m. Presidential birthday serenade from the Antebellum Marine Band
  • 3:30 p.m. Occasional Strings Concert – The Main Street Stage “A Civil War Dialogue” by brigade commanders– Central Calico
  • 4 p.m. Retire the colors – Central Calico: strike camps
  • 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town Closes for the evening!


All weekend activities:
Face painting-Hanks Hotel Make your own candle – The Candle Shop Make your own medallion – The Pottery Shop Stamp your own leather –The Boot & Saddle Shop Blacksmith demonstrations – The Smelter Building Faro dealer-Beer Garden (Sat only)
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The American Civil War Society, a re-enacting association, presents dramatic mock battles complete with canon fire twice daily on Saturday & Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each day, an Abe Lincoln re-enactor will deliver  The Gettysburg Address. It is living history for the entire family to enjoy with entertainment such as fashion shows, musical entertainment (brass bands, guitars, banjos and flutes ,) and townspeople displaying their crafts and trades.

Calico Ghost Town offers 265 camp sites with full, partial or no hook-ups. Camping reservations may be booked directly online at sbcountyparks.com. Camping patrons receive up to six admissions per unit to the event.

In addition to camping, Calico offers cabins, mini-bunkhouse and a bunkhouse accommodations. Reservations for these must be booked by calling the park at (800) 86-CALICO.

California's part in the Civil War:  The State of California was in its infancy when the Battle of Ft. Sumter, near Charleston, SC took place in 1861 starting the American Civil War. While patriotic fervor swept California residents after this battle, Volunteer Regiments, recruited from pro-Union counties from the northern part of the state were sent to occupy pro-secessionist Southern California leaving Southern Californians powerless during the war. Although 17,000 men from California participated in the War Between the States, California's contribution to the effort was of small scale.

 

Civil War events are held annually throughout California, including Woodland Hills and Huntington Beach.

 



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