Sunday, September 28, 2014

Battle of Marianna 150th was a massive success!

Union troops fire on approaching Confederates
The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Marianna, Florida, was a huge success.

Thousands of visitors from around Florida, the nation and the world came to see the reenactment, participate in living history demonstrations and take part in guided tours, memorial services, musical performances, a debate between the commanding officers, a wild west show and more.

The Battle of Marianna was fought on September 27, 1864, in the streets of the Jackson County city. U.S. troops from the 2nd Maine Cavalry, 1st Florida Cavalry (US), 82nd U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) and 86th USCT defeated a Confederate force of men and boys from the 5th Florida Cavalry, 1st Florida Infantry Reserves (Mounted), Chisolm's Cavalry (Alabama State Militia), Greenwood Club Cavalry, Campbellton Cavalry, Marianna Home Guards, Jackson County Home Guards, Calhoun County Home Guards and unaffiliated volunteers. Several women also took part in the fighting on the Confederate side.

Please click here to learn more about the history of the Battle of Marianna.

Here are some of the photos from this year's spectacular event:

Battle of Marianna Historical Conference

Chipola Chorus performs after the reenactment on Saturday.

Union flanking party fires on approaching Confederates

Troops fire salute to the audience

Home Guards make a last stand on the Courthouse Square.

Tour group heads into the historic Ely-Criglar house.

Me (Dale Cox) speaking at Union memorial service

Sgt. Major Rosier, 2nd USCT, explains roll of African American troops in the battle. 
Massive crowd meets "ghosts" during "Spirits of St. Luke's"

Gregg Harding from the University of West Florida speaks at the historical conference.

Paige Creel spellbinds school students.

Exhibitors show off historic artifacts to students.

Overflow crowd at St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
Tour group poses in front o f the Ely-Criglar home

Posing for a selfie with a young visitor from Ukraine.

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