Relive history at Las Mariposas Civil War Days

Las Mariposas Civil War Days re-enactment takes place April 17-18 on more than 50 acres of Longs Mariposa Ranch in Mariposa. With rolling hills that are tree studded with every variety of oak imaginable, the location has been hailed by past participants as the West Coast site most resembling any actual historical battlefield.

Produced by Las Mariposas Civil War Group in cooperation with The American Civil War Association, the event honors Civil War figure John C. Fremont, his homestead and the location of his historic Las Mariposas Land Grant.

Food and refreshments will be sold during the event. Also, sutlers (merchants) will sell Civil War memorabilia and other period-correct merchandise, from clothing to leather goods, toys to trinkets.

Hours are 9.a.m to 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18. New this year is a twilight battle on April 17. Check the Web site at for a full schedule of events. Tickets are $5 and available at the gate. Ice chests and pets are prohibited.

From Modesto, take Highway 99 south to Merced, then take Highway 140 east for about 32 miles. Drive through Planada and Catheys Valley. Look for the Civil War signs. Turn right on Yaqui Gulch Road; drive about 2½ miles, and the event is on the left-hand side of the road.