The American Civil War Society (ACWS) is dedicated
to the historical period known as "The War Between the States".
This war has remained the bloodiest conflict in American's history
pitting brethren against brethren. The war is probably the most
complex and socially controversial ever in our country's history.
The very issue of the meaning of the Declaration of Independence
was clear and precise in 1776, but when the Southern states exercised
their rights as described in that declaration, the United States
government said, "The Union must and shall be preserved!"
Each person had to declare for themselves what best fit their ideology.
There was no foreign powers attacking our country, thus causing
a single united front of concern. The issue was clearly State Rights
and what was the meaning of our forefathers' Declaration of Independence
to hold for future generations if secession was not allowed.
ACWS is re-enactors portraying these vulnerable
pages in our country's history. We continue to educate the public
through as many diversified perspectives as were the issues back
in 1861 - 1865. We the re-enactors have researched and developed
period correct uniforms, weapons, civilian attire, and living history
encampments to portray some of the conditions back in that period
of our countries archives.
The ACWS is active throughout San Bernardino,
Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties. Our historical presentations
are recognized by several County Regional Park Departments and our
Living History Insurance liability exceeds the Counties requirements.
In addition to the re-enactments that are done on specified weekends,
the Society has provided programs for private organizations, schools,
parades, ceremonial presentations, and commemorative celebrations
as an educational tool to better share living history with the general
The ACWS is a
Non-Profit 501 ( c) (3) Educational Corporation.