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By Photo courtesy of Steve Mata
By The Bakersfield Californian
Though the temperature is expected to hit the century mark Sunday, the 150 or so Civil War re-enactors at Fort Tejon State Historic Park will make no concession to the weather when they don their authentic (and miserably hot) uniforms. If the real soldiers could stand it, so can they.
That's the spirit behind a proper re-enactment, said Linda Bosley, chairwoman of the Tejon Historical Association. Spectators, however, are under no such obligation to suffer in the name of historical accuracy. Bosley advises those more interested in watching than doing to bring pop-up canopies, chairs, water and to dress comfortably.
Civil War battles and re-enactments
When: Sunday; gates open to the public at 8:30 a.m.; battles run from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: Fort Tejon State Historic Park, off Interstate 5 just north of Lebec.
Admission: $7; $3 children; free for children under 6; $14 for a family.
Information: Visit forttejon.org or 248-6692.
What else can visitors expect? We asked Bosley for a re-enactment primer.
What are some restrictions/things visitors should keep in mind?
Bosley: Dogs are allowed at Fort Tejon State Historic Park. However, the cannons and muskets use real black powder (no live ammunition) that creates loud noise and smoke on the battlefield.
There are large oaks trees with limited shaded areas with picnic tables.
Where do spectators congregate?
Spectators can gather along the battlefield that is roped off. There is plenty of room, but not all the area is shaded.
What is the first step if someone wants to become a re-enactor?
People interested in Civil War re-enacting should talk to any of the uniformed re-enactors at the event. They will be able to give them information about getting started in the hobby. It is a great family-oriented activity.
How many Civil War re-enactments does Fort Tejon State Historic Park do per year?
It varies from year to year: three to six Civil War events plus the Frontier Army Day the first Saturday of each month.
... The FTHA Civil War programs directly support Fort Tejon State Historic Park. Several of the other Civil War re-enactments held in Southern California are run by private individuals for a profit.
Is there a certain battle they will be re-enacting?
The battles are a demonstration of the common engagements that took place during 1863, a composite if you will.
The uniforms and tactics being demonstrated during the engagements at Fort Tejon are typical of what was used in the larger battles of the Civil War -- specifically during the year 1863.