Thursday, September 25, 2014

Battle of Marianna 150 Events for 9/26-9/28

Battle of Marianna Monument
Major events are underway for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna, Florida.

The small but bloody battle was fought on September 27, 1864. It culminated the deepest penetration of Florida by Union troops during the War Between the States (or Civil War) and was the bloodiest day of the war for the 2nd Maine Cavalry.  Please click here to learn more.

Marianna Main Street and the Jackson County Tourist Development Council are heading this week's commemoration of the battle's 150th anniversary with events including guided walking tours, living history exhibits, a reenactment, tour of homes and more!  Here is this the schedule of key events from today through Sunday.  All times are CENTRAL time:


St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Friday, Sept. 26

9:00 a.m.
Demonstrations for the Schools
School students will learn more about life during the Civil War era.

2:30 p.m.
Guided tour of the Marianna Battlefield
Historian Dale Cox, author of The Battle of Marianna, Florida will lead a free guided walking tour of key areas of the Marianna Battlefield. It begins from the historic Russ House & Visitor Center on West Lafayette Street.

4:00 p.m.
Historical Conference
Historians, writers and others from across Florida will speak on a variety of topics related to the Civil War in Florida. The conference is free to attend and the public is welcome!  It will take place in the MacKinnon Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on West Lafayette Street in Marianna.

6:00 p.m.
Memorial Service
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) will host a memorial service for the dead of the Battle of Marianna at Riverside Cemetery in Marianna. It is free to attend and the pubic is welcome.

7:00 p.m.
"Spirits of St. Luke's"
The public will be able to meet many of those buried in St. Luke's Episcopal Church cemetery in this unique event.  It will begin with a performance of Civil War music by the Chipola College Chorus. The event is free to attend and will take place at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on West Lafayette Street.


St Luke's Cemetery
Scene of heavy fighting.
Saturday, Sept. 27

8:30 a.m.
Weapons Inspection for Reenactors
The weapons inspection for the reenactment will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Courthouse Square.

9:00 a.m.
Union Memorial Service
A memorial service for Union soldiers will take place at 9 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery. It will be free to attend and the public is invited!

10:00 a.m.
Confederate Memorial Service
A memorial service for Confederate soldiers will take place at 10 a.m. at the Battle of Marianna monument in Confederate park downtown. It will be free to attend and the public is invited!

11:00 a.m.
Tolling of the Bells
The church bells of Marianna will sound 18 times for each man of both sides killed in the Battle of Marianna.

11:05 a.m.
Reenactment
The "Fight at Courthouse Square" phase of the Battle of Marianna will be reenacted on Courthouse Square in downtown Marianna. It is free to attend. Viewing areas are on Madison and Jackson Streets on the east and south sides of Courthouse Square.

11:30 a.m.
Music, living history demonstrations and more at Madison Street Park on Madison Street in downtown Marianna. The events are free to attend

12:00 noon
Tour of Homes
A number of Marianna's antebellum and historic homes will be open for tours. Information is available at the historic Russ House & Visitor Center on West Lafayette Street in Marianna, one of the structures on the tour.  The tours are free and open to the public.

12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Guided Battlefield Tours
Guided walking tours of key areas of the Marianna Battlefield will leave from the historic Russ House & Visitor Center on West Lafayette Street in Marianna. The tours are free and the public is encouraged to join!

2:00 p.m.
Civil War Surgery Demonstration
Catch an authentic Civil War surgery demonstration at the historic Davis-West House in Marianna (intersection of Madison & Putnam Streets). It was the home of Dr. Theophilus West a surgeon on the Army of Northern Virginia.  Free to attend and the public is welcome!

3:30 p.m.
Battle of Marianna Documentary
The new Battle of Marianna documentary will be premiered at MacKinnon Hall, St. Luke's Episcopal Churh on West Lafayette Street in Marianna.  Free and the public is welcome!


Sunday

All Day - Florida Caverns State Park will be observing National Public Lands Day with events and exhibits.

To learn more about the Battle of Marianna, please visit www.battleofmarianna.com.

For information on hotels, restaurants and more in Marianna, please visit www.visitjacksoncountyfla.com.

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