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Miz Scarlett, the Yankees! In Felton, May 24, 25 and 26.

Miz Scarlett, the Yankees! In Felton, May 24, 25, and 26

They may lack the smoldering love scenes of Gone With the Wind's wartime pageantry, but Civil War Days Battles and Reenactments, this month in Felton, offer plenty of excitement and realism. Held at the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad, the event brings together some 400 members of the National Civil War Association--a group that takes pride in accuracy.

The canvas tents of Confederate and Union camps will be clustered in the small valley. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, participants will live just as their Civil War counterparts did--sleeping on bedrolls, eating hardtack, and wearing scratchy hand-sewn woolen uniforms. Some family members join in as well, setting up their own tents and acting as camp followers.

Now in its fifth year here, this is the West's largest Civil War encampment. You're invited to wander among the camps and chat with the soldiers; most have studied the period intensively and are eager to share historical information. At various times, you may watch drills, training, and staged skirmishes and battles. Battle reenactments are scheduled for 2:30 and 5 Saturday; noon, 2:30, and 5 Sunday; and noon and 2:30 Monday.

From State Highway 17 north of Santa Cruz, take the Mount Hermon Road exit in Scotts Valley and go west about 4 miles to Graham Hill Road, then left 1/2 mile to Roaring Camp. Admission to watch is $3 (refunded if you buy a steam train ticket).

Photo: Union picket (above left) guarding Roaring Camp depot fights off Confederates attacking with light field cannon in Civil War reenactment. You can watch such action late this month
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