Civil War Re-Enactment


Event Overview

March 16 & 17, 2013
SCA Campus

Thank you for participating in our 15th annual Civil War Weekend!  Click the downloads tab for answers to the Trivia Challenge.

Note: Re-enactors from the field hospital did not attend the event his year so students were not able to complete this section of the Trivia Challenge.  President Lincoln was only able to attend the event on Sunday.

Download event flier

The Civil War is brought to life!  Professional Civil War re-enactors come from all over southern California to participate in this annual event held at St. Catherine`s Academy.

  • Meet President Abraham Lincoln
  • Tour Union and Confederate encampments
  • Watch battles with over 200 re-enactors (am/pm)
  • Visit the sutlers` marketplace
  • Participate in the Trivia Challenge - a historical scavenger hunt 

Schedule of Events

Times are approximate.  Same schedule for Saturday & Sunday.

  • 9:30 AM
    Re-enactors’ Muster Call & Musket Inspection
  • 10:30 AM
    Inspection of Union & Confederate Troops • Presentation of VMI flag
  • 11:00 AM
    New Market Skirmish • VMI Roll Call - of Fallen Cadets • Pass In Review
  • 11:45 AM
    Abraham Lincoln- Gettysburg Address
  • 12:00 NOON
    Mid-Day Activities – Living History • Camps Open to the Public • Trivia Challenge • Mercantile Open for Trade • Regimental Hospital Receiving Patients • Displays – Class projects, Book Fair • Artillery Demonstration • Picnic with Re-enactors • Volunteer Cornet Band
  • 2:00 PM
    Afternoon Battle – Conclusive Union Victory • Platoon Drill with Arms
  • 3:00 pm
    Camps closed to the public

Admission for A Day In History

$4 for children, seniors, and students with valid student ID
$7 for adults

More Educational Opportunities

  • Trivia Challenge

    Unique to St. Catherine`s, the Trivia Challenge is a historical scavenger hunt that sends students around St. Catherine`s 8-acre campus to learn about the Civil War.  Students must interact and converse with re-enactors in order to complete the challenge.

    Students may ask a soldier what he carries in his haversack, watch a surgeon comfort a wounded man at the field hospital, or even learn the lingo of 1860’s baseball.  A new Trivia Challenge is created each year depending on which groups of re-enactors will be present at the event. 

    Students can pick up the Trivia Challenge at the event .  Answers will be posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Teachers are encouraged to use the Trivia Challenge for extra credit.  Examples from past years are available on our Downloads tab (see above).

  • Free Classroom Presentations

    In the two weeks leading up to the re-enactment, St. Catherine’s volunteer, former educator, and history buff Mary Crowley travels to local schools with a classroom presentation she has perfected over the last twelve years. Using PowerPoint, poster boards, and good old-fashioned story-telling, this 30-40-minute presentation helps students better understand the New Market Skirmish, which is re-enacted during both days of the Civil War Weekend.

    The presentation includes a brief explanation about the events that led up to the New Market Skirmish, the skirmish itself, and the key role of cadets from Virginia Military Institute. It also provides critical information of how the skirmish will be played out on the battlefield and what the students need to look for during the re-enactment.

    Classroom presentations are provided free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested schools and children’s groups can schedule a presentation by calling St. Catherine’s at (714) 772-1363.

  • Additional Resources

    A flier, study guide, and PowerPoint presentation are available on our Downloads tab (see above). 


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215 N. Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805


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