Past FOCWA Activities at Fort Point and
Raising the 1861 Garrison Flag at Fort Point Civil War Day 2014
At attention: re-enactors and members of FOCWA at the flag ceremony
Exhibit of medical tools and medicines used during the Civil War
Tour of Fort Point,
& Alcatraz Island, 10/15/11
Ranger Jayeson Vance & John Martini
National Park Service Workshop
National Park Service Ranger, author and historical consultant to FOCWA John
Martini led a tour of Fort Point, Battery Cavallo and Alcatraz Island on
Saturday October 15.
to teach volunteers the significance of these three installations in the
defense of San Francisco. Rangers Emelda Zuschlag and Jayeson Vance
led a group of 20 volunteers during the day long tour. Friends of
Civil War Alcatraz members Brad Schall, Chuck Gardali and Steve Johnson were
part of the group. Walter Page will be joining the FOCWA and is
excited about being a member.
Activities for the day started at Fort Mason, then to Fort Point for a tour
of the construction, life inside the fort, it’s fortification and the
artillery at Fort Point, then to Battery Cavallo in Marin Country for a
study of a one tier earthen fort, Alcatraz was our last stop with a study of
the Sally Port, tunnels, magazines and the Citadel. Everyone enjoyed
wishes to thank John Martini, the National Park Service and the Rangers for
putting on this tour.
Aug 13th, 2011 – Fort Point National Historic Site presents
"Civil War Living History Day" in San Francisco.
Click here for photos of this event!
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National Park Service Ranger Maureen
Rogers and San Mateo resident Mike Musante take part in “Civil War Living
History Days” at Fort Point National Historic Site in San Francisco
The event had the support of Friends of
Civil War Alcatraz, which assists the National Park Service with educating
the general public concerning the Civil War Experience on Alcatraz Island
and in Northern California.
FOCWA may be reached at
www.friendsofcivilwaralcatraz.org. Those interested in learning more about
Civil War history are also welcome at the Peninsula Civil War Roundtable
that meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Poplar Creek Grill, 1700
Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. A social half hour cash bar starts the
program at 11:30 a.m. Lunch ($21.00) is served at noon. The featured
program speaker begins after lunch. For information, visit
and San Mateo Daily
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Saturday December 1, 2007
Volunteer Appreciation Party at Fort Mason
historic Officers’ club in San Francisco.
The picture above is (left to right), Bob
Ranger Lori Brosnan and Brad Schall.
members Bob Hubbs and Brad Schall attended the Volunteer Appreciation
Party and enjoyed the luncheon put on by the National Park Service, Golden
Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust. Lunch and
dessert were served before a slide show presentation was made on the
volunteers in the Golden Gate National Park system. Last year over
17,000 people volunteered in the Parks with a combined effort of about
400,000 hours. A nice gift of an insulated lunch bag was given to the
volunteers for their service this past year.
Bob and Brad along with Fred Bohmfalk, John Nevins and Greg Tracy are part
of the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz commitment to volunteering at
Fortress Alcatraz. All encourage fellow Friends members to become a
volunteer at Alcatraz and would be glad to put you in touch with Alcatraz
volunteer coordinator Ranger Lori Brosnan. It takes time and
commitment but it’s a lot of fun and a very worthwhile endeavor.
Fort Mason Historic Officers’ Club is another example of our Civil War
heritage in northern, California. The Officers’ Club at Fort Mason
is one of the most historic buildings in San Francisco. Originally built
in 1855, the area was taken over by the Army in 1865. For years, what is
now the Officers’ Club was the home of the senior army officer on the
Pacific Coast. A total of 44 generals, including several noted Civil War
officers, lived there. A bronze plaque in the entrance area list many of
the notable officers who used this building during their army careers.
Presidents Rutherford Hayes and Ulysses Grant were entertained at the
For many years the San Francisco Roundtable held their meeting at the Fort
Mason Officers Club.