Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raid on Euchee Anna reenactment this weekend!

Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood in DeFuniak Springs
The 1864 Raid on Euchee Anna will be reenacted in DeFuniak Springs this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Walton Guards, Inc., and the Florida Chautauqua Assembly.

The original raid took place on September 23-24, 1864, when Union troops under Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth struck the village of Eucheeanna (then called Euchee Anna) while advancing to the Battle of Marianna. A small detachment of Confederate cavalry was routed and the community and surrounding areas were severely looted.

Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
The event is part of this year's Florida Chautauqua Assembly, an event that commemorates and continues the traditions of the famed Chautaqua events in DeFuniak Springs from the late 19th century. Learn more about other planned events and the history of the Florida Chautauqua by visiting http://florida-chautauqua-center.org/home.

The Walton Guards, Inc. will be hosting Civil War camps, living history demonstrations and skirmishes through the weekend. Friday, January 23, will be School Day with special events for school groups from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday will feature encampments, demonstrations and a skirmish at 12:15 p.m. The main skirmish will be Sunday afternoon, January 25, at 1:30 p.m. (Central) by the lake.

Lake DeFuniak in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
Lake DeFuniak, where the reenactment and other events will take place, was a landmark of note during Asboth's raid. DeFuniak Springs had not been founded in 1864 and the hills where the city stands today were used as cattle range. Local tradition holds that the Union column halted at the lake on the night before the Skirmish at Eucheeanna. The soldiers undoubtedly rounded up and confiscated cattle there.

All events will take place at Lake DeFuniak in the center of historic DeFuniak Springs. The address for the historic Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood building on the lakefront is 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Learn more about the history of the Marianna raid at www.battleofmarianna.com.


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