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Alcatraz was dedicated as a National Park in 1972 because of its military history as a Civil War fort and later as a military prison.

The Friends of Civil War Alcatraz was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization to support the National Park Service in interpreting the 70 year military history of Alcatraz.

To date we have: maintained the existing cannon and carriage; performed cannon drills for the public; provided volunteers to interpret the Civil War history of the island; organized Living History events on the island; raised funds to donate to the Park Service for uniforms and items for interpretation; given presentations to the island's interpretive staff about the island's military history.

Our volunteers meet people from all over the world who are interested in knowing the early and formative years of the Island's history.


Members of the Board of Directors for 2023

Gary Hormel Co-chaiman

Steve Johnson  Co-chairman

Constance Smith  Secretary

Evelyn Mar  Treasurer

Brad Schall

Frank Avila

John Fitzpatrick

Jeffrey Vaillant

John Nevins






 Jeff Vaillant

Memorial Day

 Steve Johnson


 Steve Johnson

Living History

 Gary Hormel


 Steve Johnson, Constance Smith, Gary Hormel

Awards Committee

 Chairman Gary Hormel

 Greg Tracy, Phil Blake, Constance Smith

By-laws Committee

 Chairman Jeffrey Vaillant

 John Fitzpatrick

Financial Committee

 Co-Chairmen Brad Schall and Greg Tracy

Audit Committee

 John Fitzpatrick, Owen Stiles and Don Wilt

Interpreter Activities

 Co-Chairmen Steve Johnson and Constance Smith

 Gary Hormel

Living History Day Committee

Steve Johnson, Chairman

Constance Smith, Frank Avila and Gary Hormel


 Chairman Evelyn Mars

 Chuck Gardali

Speakers Bureau Committee

 Chairman Steve Johnson


Constance Smith


Affiliated Organizations:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - An organization of descendants of Union soldiers whose goal is to promote the history and sacrifice of soldiers and sailors who fought to preserve our nation - one people, one Union.

General Pleasonton Camp 24, San Francisco - http://www.suvpac.org/camp24.html

General George Wright Camp 22, Sacramento - https://camp22.org/

Civil War Roundtables

These groups meet on a monthly basis to hear speakers and have discussions about various topics related to the American Civil War. Guests are always welcome.

Peninsula Civil War Roundtable https://www.peninsulacivilwarroundtable.org/

Sacramento Civil War Roundtable https://www.facebook.com/SCWRT/

The Third Artillery Brass Band plays music on the island twice a year.


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