Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Battle of Marianna Commemoration this weekend

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marianna, Florida
This weekend marks the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna, Florida.

Union troops attacked the Northwest Florida city on September 27, 1864. The result was one of the most intense small battles of the War Between the States, an action that some have called "Florida's Alamo."

This Saturday, September 28th, events will be held in Marianna to commemorate Marianna Day, as the anniversary of the battle has long been known in Florida. Here are the planned events for Saturday:

  • 9 a.m. - The William Henry Milton Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will host its annual Memorial Service at Confederate Park in Downtown Marianna (intersection of Lafayette and Caledonia Streets, look for the monument!).
  • 10 a.m.-12 noon - The Blue Springs Society, Children of the American Revolution, will host an open house at St. Luke's Episcopal Church with help from the youth of the church. St. Luke's was the scene of severe fighting during the battle and tombstones on the grounds bear bullet scars. The church was burned in the battle, but was similar in appearance to today's sanctuary.
All times are Central and the public is encouraged to come and participate!

To learn more about the battle, please consider my book The Battle of Marianna, Florida. You can order it on the right side of this page or from or your favorite online bookseller. Also please visit my website on the the battle at

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