Union troops battle rebels in annual re-enactment
Senior Staff Writer
With booming cannons and musket fire echoing off the ridges, the Civil War returned to Nevada County this weekend with the annual re-enactment at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.
About 100 Union troops and Confederate rebels of the American Civil War Association camped and re-enacted battles for the public as part of the historic Constitution Day celebration.
Sgt. Major Moose Dutton of Oakdale was one of them who was cooking from scratch for his Confederate comrades inbetween battles.
“The 21st century is hectic, but the 19th century was not,” Dutton said. “We have more fun with this than anything else you can do standing up with your clothes on.”
Union soldier David Quivey, of Chico, has been doing re-enactments for the past eight years.
“As a child, I loved history and saw these re-enactments and thought it was a way to get into history and it’s nice to educate people about the Civil War,” Quivey said. “Some people tell me stuff I don’t know and others don’t even know when the Civil War happened.”
Helping to shoot a replica of an 1841 U.S. Mountain Howitzer was Barbara Warner of Hickman.
“We fire six ounces of power every shot and that’s why it’s loud,” Warner said.
Kitty Borello of Penn Valley was there in a Civil War period dress. Although she goes to re-enactments of the National Civil War Association with her father, Scott Borello, of Greenwood, she was watching as the other association put this weekend’s event on for extra credit for her history class.
“It’s like living history,” she said as troops outflanked each other for open shots on the battlefield.
Sitting spellbound on a rock taking in the battle was Jared Sharp, 10, of Grass Valley.
“It’s a re-enactment of war and you get learn all about what happened.”
“I’m not a re-enacter but I came with one,” said Joy Sackerson of Reno in her antebellum dress. “It’s a great representation of what might have happened.”
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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