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Civil War re-enactors take field in Yuma

Quartermaster Depot hosts historical event Jan. 28 & 29

YUMA, ARIZONA – This means war! Or more accurately, historically authentic facsimiles of Civil War battles staged by area re-enactment groups.

The occasion is Civil War Days, taking place Jan 28 & 29 at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park (201. N. 4th Avenue). And while there were no actual Civil War battles here, the Quartermaster Depot was an active U.S. Army post during the wartime period. The event is sponsored by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which operates the park by agreement with Arizona State Parks.

Gates open at 9 a.m. both days, with battles at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Robert Broski, who specializes in portraying Abraham Lincoln, will be delivering the Gettysburg Address at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. New this year, the Camp Carleton Cornet Band will perform at 10 a.m.Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with impromptu performances in between. There will also be a period minstrel show, a fashion show, blacksmithing demonstrations, and a Sunday morning church service. Participating re-enactors will set up Civil War-style encampments within the 10-acre park. See the full schedule here.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids 7-13, with those 6 and younger admitted free. Admission includes access to all regular Quartermaster Depot exhibits and buildings.

"For twenty years beginning in 1864, the Quartermaster Depot was the vital lifeline for all the forts and military posts in the Southwest," said city historian Tammy Snook. "These re-enactments take place on ground occupied by the Union Army and surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in Arizona.

"This is a unique opportunity to experience 'living history' in our community, in a venue that has real ties to the period," Snook added.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is an independent nonprofit corporation governed by a local board of directors. It was among the first national heritage areas in the West to be officially designated by the U.S. Congress. For more information, call 928-373-5198 or visit



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