COSTA MESA — "Bodies" will line the normally tranquil trails of Fairview Park. The stench of gunpowder and the sounds of "dying" men will fill the air.
This weekend marks the third annual Battle of Costa Mesa, hosted by the American Civil War Society, at the park at 2501 Placentia Ave.
In addition, Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ft. Sumter, the site of the first battle in the Civil War.
"There are times when I really get into my character," said Scott Peca, a Costa Mesa resident who will play a brigade commander with the Confederate 2nd Kentucky Regiment in the Civil War battle re-enactment planned for Saturday and Sunday. "I fade into being a lieutenant colonel; this is my brigade, these are my boys, this is my fight."
Though the period dress and acting can make observers feel like they are revisiting the War Between the States, previous re-enactments have shown that you can count on a car horn or airplane overhead to quickly ground the event to the present era, said Peca, 56.