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Reenactment of Civil War Battles Draws Hundreds

Ear-splitting rebel yells echoed across Lake Casitas on Sunday followed by the even louder blasts of muskets and cannons.

Hundreds of people watched through a haze of gunfire smoke as the Yankees beat back the Confederate Army during the fifth annual Civil War reenactment at Lake Casitas.

The three-day mock war, which began Friday, included a reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Dressed in authentic-looking Union and Confederate uniforms, about 400 actor-soldiers exchanged gunfire.

Men and women from 9 to 70 played parts, including nurses who came to the aid of wounded soldiers with medicinal herbs. For two nights, participants pitched military encampments and ate beans out of tin cups heated over open fires.

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The event was organized by Thousand Oaks-based Visions in Time, which stages historical reenactments.


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