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Civil War Days Back
KF battle
Soldiers in period dress have staged a re-enactment of the Civil War every spring for over two decades in Knights Ferry, the battles playing out on the hills surrounding the Stanislaus River. They will do so again this weekend, March 19 and 20. Marg Jackson/The News


Following an 11th hour meeting, the American Civil War Association announced that an agreement had been reached with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the previously cancelled war reenactments for the annual Knights Ferry Civil War Days set for March 19 and 20 has been reinstated. They will go on as scheduled this weekend in nearby Knights Ferry, in the area around the historic covered bridge.

“We were able to work out all the details,” said ACWA President Stephen Aguirre. “Now we’re good to go.”

Aguirre had previously stated that there were some disagreements in the “inner workings” of a special permit process and new restrictions by the US Army Corps of Engineers. With the added meeting, organizers and officials were able to overcome previous barriers so the event could continue for its 28th consecutive year and will once again be staged in the hills surrounding Knights Ferry.

US Army Corps of Engineers officials had stated one of the hurdles was the collection of a “parking donation,” but Aguirre said the real issue was traffic flow in and out of the event and not on any parking fee or associated issue.

Aguirre said his association was looking forward to being back out at Knights Ferry and encouraged the community to attend. He said his group consisted of historic patriots that were preserving and fostering awareness of US history.

“It’s educational,” Aguirre said. “History can sometimes be dry in books. This event comes alive.”