Saturday, September 27, 2014

Battle of Marianna events set for today (Saturday, Sept. 27)

Sgt. Major Rosier of the 2nd USCT explains the bayonet
charge carried out by African American soldiers during the
Battle of Marianna, Florida.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna, Florida.

The battle took place in the streets of the Northwest Florida city on September 27, 1864, and was remarkably fierce and bloody for an action of its size.  You can learn more about it at www.battleofmarianna.com.

A number of commemorative events are planned today for the 150th anniversary.  Here is the full schedule:

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!

Overflow crowd fills St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marianna
on Friday night for "Spirits of St. Luke's"
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

Visitors on a guided battlefield tour pose in front of
Marianna's historic Ely-Criglar Mansion. The home was
struck by hundreds of bullets during the Battle of Marianna.
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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