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Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 1:35 pm | Updated: 6:45 am, Mon Aug 29, 2011.

Time warped back to the 1860s this weekend as women in hoop skirts crooned in southern drawls and men in wool coats tipped their hats to passers-by at the Lockeford School House on Saturday.

Armed with sabers, rifles and water canteens to help hold off the heat, men and women flocked from as far as Fresno to re-enact Civil War military and civilian life for locals and history buffs at the iconic school house on Jack Tone Road.

But putting together the first annual living history and Civil War re-enactment was quite an event in itself, said Mike McPherson, organizer for Saturday's festivities.

McPherson, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans which is based in Sacramento, said he only began planning the event roughly a month ago.

Even with so little time, he was able to pull together about 30 volunteers to come out in full costume to make the experience as real as possible.

"It was all so last-minute, and it kind of got away from me," he said.

In addition to educating Lockeford community members on Civil War history, McPherson said he also had other motives for making the living history exhibit a reality.

"I am hoping this event will become an annual event when the Lockeford Community Center is completed," he said. "This is to basically show the community leaders and the community that something like this is a viable event that will bring people into Lockeford."

The event, which lasted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., drew crowds of all ages.

People were able to inspect various weapons and battle tactics used during the Civil War, learn about what kinds of clothes people wore, and even about the connections people participating in the event had to the Civil War.

One man, who brought a rifle that his grandmother had purchased at a garage sale, revealed that it was an original Springfield Model rifled percussion musket, the most commonly used rifle during the Civil War.

"All it took was one shot," re-enactor David Davenport said about the rifle. "It got the job done."

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • patti flem posted at 6:35 am on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

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    What are the names of all the men in the Civil War picture?

     

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