Monday, August 3, 2009

Reenactments Planned for Battle of Marianna Anniversary

The anniversary of the Battle of Marianna, a deadly fight that took place in the streets of the Northwest Florida city on September 27, 1864, usually passes quietly, but this year will be different.

The Theophilus West, M.D., Camp 1346 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is joining with the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Marianna, the William Henry Milton Chapter 1039 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Loreta Velazquez Chapter 14 of the Order of the Confederate Rose to plan three days of activities to observe this year
's Marianna Day weekend.

Marianna Day was once observed by cities across Florida but the tradition slowly faded away. Activities observing the anniversary of the Battle of Marianna were once covered as important news by the Miami Herald and other major Florida newspapers, but such events are generally ignored by the media of today.

The major events planned for this year's observance will begin on Friday, September 25th and will consist of two battle reenactments on Saturday, September 26th. The first, planned for 10 a.m. following a parade through downtown Marianna, will take place on the original battle site and will consist of a partial reenactment of the battle itself. The second, scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road, will be a general reenactment of a battle from the War Between the States.

To learn more, please click here to visit the West Camp's website. You can also learn more about the battle itself by visiting

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