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Civil War Re-enactors Take the Field in Yuma

YUMA, ARIZONA – The Colorado River State Historic Park is hosting our 10th annual Civil War Days reenactment weekend on Jan. 26-27, 2019, at the historic Yuma Quartermaster Depot, 201 N. 4th Avenue.

This year’s event features new appearances by Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, and Mrs. Julia Grant, wife of Lincoln’s top general Ulysses S. Grant.  Despite their husbands’ close association, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Grant became social rivals, as will be reflected in their reenactment performances.

Mrs. Lincoln will be portrayed by Dianne Broski, and Mrs. Grant will be played by Devon Cormier.  The women will be accompanied by their famous husbands, with Robert Broski portraying President Lincoln, and Edward Headington playing General Grant.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing new additions to this annual reenactment, while still offering our crowd favorites,” said Park Manager Tammy Snook. 

Gates open at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, closing at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  A full schedule of events includes two battles per day, period minstrel shows, performances by the Camp Carleton Band, a fashion show, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presentations, historic dancing demonstrations, and more.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 7-13, with those 6 and younger admitted free.  Visitors are invited to tour through Civil War-style encampments, as well as to visit all regular park exhibits and buildings.

“The reenactment is always a fun and educational weekend for families and visitors of all ages,” said Snook.  “Although no Civil War battles were fought in Yuma, the war still had a profound effect upon the area, eventually leading to the formation of Arizona Territory.”

The Colorado River State Historic Park is home to the historic Yuma Quartermaster Depot, which served as an Army supply depot during the Indian Wars period from 1865-1883.  Although constructed after the Civil War, the site does provide an authentic military setting that matches the reenactment period.

"This event provides a unique opportunity to experience 'living history' right in our community," Heritage Area Historian Tina Clark said. "We are delighted that we can offer a venue that has real ties to the period and the modern-day facilities to facilitate the event."

During the Quartermaster Depot's early days, its storehouse held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition, and other goods for posts in Arizona Territory and beyond. With the coming of the railroad in 1877, the depot's supply role faded and the Army closed the site in 1883.

After abandonment by the military, a number of federal agencies moved into the historic depot buildings, including the U.S. Weather Bureau, U.S. Customs Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.  The site also became the original home of the Yuma County Water Users Association before eventually becoming part of the Arizona State Parks system.

During the summer of 2009, Arizona State Parks announced that the Quartermaster Depot would close in the fall due to state budget cuts. Instead, the City of Yuma stepped forward to lease the property, with the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations. As part of the plan to "save" the Quartermaster Depot, Visit Yuma also moved its Visitor Information Center into the entrance building, providing a daily presence to oversee the park.

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. The Heritage Area's master plan projects earned the Governor's Arizona Preservation Award in 2009.


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