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Past FOCWA activities on Alcatraz


Living History Day, October 1, 2022



Living History Day, May 2019







Living History Day, April 2018

Members Constance Smith and Frank Avila discuss medical procedures.


Recreation time


Soldiers and lady on the dock


Civil War program by FOCWA member Johnson



Living History Day, Fall 2017

The band waits for the boat of visitors to dock

"Capt. Stewart" gives a tour.

Infantry on Alcatraz

"Governor Low" reads his proclamation that San Francisco will be safe.



Living History Day on April 9, 2016

Greeting visitors

The Mayor of San Francisco (1861) gives a speech

The California Volunteer 3rd Artillery Band prepares to play

Learning about surgical tools

Young cannoneer learns the drill

Mayor inspects the troops

The sergeant gives a tour of Fort Alcatraz

Ready for inspection

New recruits

Nursing station 1861

A Lesson in Tactics

Display of surgical tools

Photo credits: NPS Volunteer Tim Brazil



Photo galleries of past Alcatraz Living History Days

LHD September 2015

LHD March 2013

LHD September 2012

LHD April 2012

LHD May 2011

LHD April 2009

LHD February 2008



History Fest 2015 in Monterey



Reenactment organizations from around California gather for a day of living history on Alcatraz Island, August 28, 2010. Thank you to Pacifica Currents for the video, filmed and edited by Eric Mayrand.



From the San Mateo Daily Journal
January 18, 2010
Susan E. Cohn

Union soldiers clad in blue moved out of the fog to stand by their modern day counterparts at Dec. 30 ceremonies commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the first U.S. Army garrison on Alcatraz Island.

Honoring those who have served and defended the San Francisco Bay Area were members of the 75th Battle Command Training Division. Army Maj. Gen. Eldon P. Regua, commander of the 75th Division, addressed those in attendance, including hundreds of public visitors on the Island, sharing with them stories of the rich heritage of this famous outpost.

Soldiers involved in the ceremonies were from various U.S. Army Reserve units in the 63rd RRC. The Color Guard was from the 2nd Medical Brigade from San Pablo. The Firing Detail consisted of six Soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 75th Division (BCTD), from Camp Parks. One soldier was from the 91st Training Brigade out of Fort Hunter Liggett and one other from the 2nd Medical Brigade. A bagpiper and a bugler were from the 63rd Reserve Support Command. Those in Union blue were members of the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz.



For Fort Alcatraz 150th Anniversary Photos, click here



Friends of Civil War Alcatraz provide the Rangers at Alcatraz Island National Historic Landmark with Cannoneer certificates to be awarded to young people who act as the cannon crew.  Young people get to experience how a Civil War soldier might have fired the 24# Howitzer thatís located in the Guardhouse.  This is another example how the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz has partnered with the NPS in interpreting the American Civil War on Alcatraz Island.  To view the certificate, click here.



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