LEAST WE FORGET:
Someone once said: "Those who forget history are doomed and destined to repeat it". Our Student Educational and Outreach Program is designed for this primary reason: To educate and teach the next generation of Americans about the American Civil War, its heroes, its horrors, its technology, its aftermath and reconstruction, and its repercussions on the American people and American society. We provide this service through a myriad of educational "tools" including Civil War re-enactments (living history presentations), speakers for on-campus/on-site visits, the internet, direct mailings, etc.
The American Civil War was known by many names including: the "Second American Revolution", the "War of Northern Aggression", the "War for Southern Independence", the "War Between the States", the "Civil War", and the list goes on. What ever you wish to call it, it was a time when America declared war on itself. It was a time when long-time friends became divided, when families and loved ones became divided, and it was a time when the nation became divided. It was a terrible experience for American citizens. Americans got to see the horrors of war for the very first time via the advent of photography. But there were many firsts in this war that began as a "Napoleonic" war. The "War" produced and used new and more deadly machines of destruction (e.g. hand grenades, submarines, "rifled" muskets and repeating rifles, etc.) and used existing technology for its purposes (e.g. the railways, air-balloons, telegraph, etc.). The "War" had produced many American (both North and South) heroes and many tales of heroic acts, all of which has become our American heritage.
Captain Dave Acevedo Pitre (on the left) and Trooper Brian Saling (on the right) outfitting students in Civil War attire at Sierra Vista Mid- School, Santa Clarita, CA - March of 1999
As Civil War Re-enactors we re-live this period in our American history, not to glorify war (as some would like you to think), but to remember our American heritage. To remember these brave men and women (i.e. our servicemen, doctors and nurses, merchants, civilians, etc) who made the ultimate sacrifice during this terrible conflict. To remember is to honor. We re-live this period to recognize and teach our American heritage to the next generation of Americans. This Outreach and Educational Program was developed to provide "living history" to teach Americans, both young and old, not only the folly of making war on thy neighbor, but also to teach them how Americans lived during this period (e.g. how they dressed, what they ate, how their children were raised, how they spoke, the hygiene of the day, etc.) Please feel free to view our Calendar of Events, attend one of our re-enactments, contact one of our local historians/speakers (noted below) or perhaps join us in this program. A sample student questionnaire is provided for your convenience and use in the field and in class (note that you must install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print it.) Thank you.
LIST OF CONTACTS/SPEAKERS FOR OUR STUDENT EDUCATION/OUTREACH PROGRAM:
ORANGE COUNTY: COLOR SGT. BRIAN HOFFMAN LOS ANGELES COUNTY: MAJOR DAVE ACEVEDO PITRE