Calendar of Events for Florida & Southern Georgia for 2013-2014

Nov 1,2,3 Ocklawaha River Raid OCKLAWAHA,FLLOCATION: 11008 S. Highway 475, Ocala, Florida 34470. From I-75 take the Belleview/Dunnellon exit (near the Don Garlits Museum); go 2 miles east on Highway 484 to the intersection of 484 and Highway 475. Turn left onto 475 and go 1.5 to 2 miles; the site entrance is on the left. Besides close proximity to major roads (hopefully resulting in more public attendance) their are several restaurants (Cracker Barrel, McDonald's, Dairy Queen). hotels, etc. a few miles away at I-75 and more in Belleview 6 - 7 miles east.

* Size of site: 500 acres, with undeveloped land around it of Florida Greenway

* Large rolling battlefield dotted with some trees and edged with heavy woods

* Plenty of room for authentic camps, sutlers, modern camping, and parking

* Modern camping sites with hook ups available for rental

* Stable/barn rentals available for horses

* Pole barn with electric lights for ladies' tea and ball

* Numerous on site water taps

 All usual amenities will continue to be provided (hay, firewood, etc.). More details will be forthcoming in future dispatches. For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith Kohl at ltcol2ndbattalion@gmail.com.


Nov. 1,2,3 - Fort Clinch 1st Weekend Union Garrison - Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.


November 8, 9, 10.  Battle of St. Johns Bluffs - Ft. Caroline National Park Jacksonville, FL. Living History. This event is held at the Fort Caroline National Park (Timucuan Reserve) off of Wonderwood Drive in eastern Jacksonville. Pending the government shutdown ending this event will be a go. It is being sponsored by the Fort Caroline Living History Program and the 75th Ohio. For more information Contact Tom Criscuolo at buckeye75th@aol.com


November 9  History of the American Soldier - Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the yearly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under its various military occupations from 1821 to 1945. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Florida Spanish American War Living History Association, Florida World War 1 Living History Association, Florida World War 2 Living History Association & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.


NOV 22,23,24 Suwannee River Raid Live Oak,FL - This event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Campground at  3076 95th Drive Live Oak, FL 32060. This event provides period correct camping with hay, firewood, water and the usual amenities for reenactors. More info on the park can be found at http://www.musicliveshere.com/content/index For more info on the Spirit Of Suwanee Music Park, for RV, camper and beautiful cabin or primitive camping space rentals, please go to www.musicliveshere.com, emailspirit@musicliveshere.com or call the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) at386-364-1683The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Fla, 32060, 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129.


Dec. 6-8 Fort Clinch Garrison - Christmas at the Fort - Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.

December 7-8,2013 Military Appreciation Day Kissimmee, Fl The 2nd Florida light Artillery Battery B is working with the Museum of Military History to put on a Civil war skirmish during there Military appreciation day. The Military appreciation day is the weekend of December 7-8,2013December 7 will consist of a WWII battle. December 8 will be the Civil war skirmish. The event is located at 4900 Oren brown Road , Kissimmee Florida 34746. The skirmish will be at 1:00. We would like all reenactors to show up by 11:30. We need both Union and Confederate Infantry reenactors. There will be No sutlers at this event so please bring all equipment you may need. If you are interested in this event, E-mail Kevinr1554@aol.com . You can also visit www.museumofmilitaryhistory.com/ for more info on the museum.

Dec. 13-15 Fort McAllister Winter Muster at Fort McAlister State Park in Richmond Hill, GA
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaOn December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. Come and watch as we reenact this historically significant moment in our country's history. Program & demonstration from 9am - 4pm. Battle at 5:00pm.  Adults $6.50, Seniors $6.00, Youth (6-17) $3.75, 5 & Under Free. 912.727.2339. More information can be found at http://www.gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister

Dec. 13-15 Fort Pulaski Christmas 1861 at the Fort at Fort Pulaski National Park in Savannah, GA
This event will be held at Fort Pulaski National Park pending the Government shutdown ending. Fort Pulaski National Park is on the Tybee Island Causeway 9 miles east of Savannah. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/fopu/parknews/the-civil-war-sesquicentennial.htm

December 13-15th 2013 13th Annual “Raid On Fort Pierce”  Location: Savanna Recreational Area, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce Sponsored by; the Sons of Confederate Veterans, George W. Thomas Camp #1595. Raid is hosted by the 8th Florida Company “C”, and 75th Ohio Volunteer Inf Co. “G”.. School day help needed on Friday, Dec. 13th. Reenactment battles at 2 pm Saturday and SundaySaturday morning would not be right without the Gracious Ladies of the 8th Fl Tea and then the evening dance. “Union Encampment is again on Ole McDonalds farm. Southern Boys Campaign camp is on the south end of the Battlefield. Cavalry units welcome with hay and firewood and water provided. Powder ration for first two Union and Confederate artillery pieces registered. Sutlers and reenactor information contact Jim O’Dell at thejdawg569_2000@yahoo.com or 772-318-8258. $3 reenactor donation-max $20 per family will be collected at registration please. Directions are I-95 to exit #126. This is Midway Road (SR 712). Go east approximately 5.5 miles to Savannas Recreational Area (park is on left side of road). If traveling from west coast, you can take SR 60 or SR70 to I-95 then travel south to exit #126 and follow above directions. Modern camp for Soldiers Free, tent camping only Modern with hook up for RV’s (fee charged) call the County Park at 772-464-7855 for reservations and cost. Hot water showers, laundry and indoor bathrooms available. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/FTPierceRaid

Jan. 3-5 2014 Fort Clinch Garrison Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.

JAN 17,18,19 Brooksville Raid - BROOKSVILLE,FL This event portrays the 1864 raid by the 1st Florida Rangers (Union) into the Confederate interior and the battle that occurred when the Union forces attempted to destroy a salt works in the area of Brooksville. The address for the event is 11210 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613

More information can be found at http://hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com/raid/location.htm


Jan 31, Febv1 & 2 Battle of Bowlegs Creek Fort Meade, FL - Historic Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all Union and Confederate Reenactors, Infantry,Cavalry, Artillery, Naval and Marines and Period Civilians units interested in participating in the 150th Anniversary, Battle of Bowlegs Creek. The reenactment will run fromFriday, January 31st through Sunday February 2nd, with registration opening Thursday January 30th. Friday will be School Day and Living History from 10 am till 2:30 pm. Battles will take place on Saturday at 2:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00pm . Period camping, RV, and modern is available. Restrooms, water and hay, and Ice will also available. ARTILLERY FOR THE BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK IS *NOW CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION!!! There will be no reenactor’s fee, just a donation box at the registration table. There will be a Ladies Tea, Saturday and a Night Tactical and Military Ball. We are asking for volunteers help in the Living History on Friday. If interested in attending this event please contact Capt. David Hackel at (321)-544-6570 or Priscilla Perry, Coordinator Historic Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce (863)-285-8253
 e-mail & more info www.fortmeadechamber.comftmeadechamber@yahoo.com. Located just 1 1/2 miles east of Down Town Ft. Meade on U.S. 98/ Co Rd 630 at THE FORT MEADE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA. Just passed the Peace River! 


FEB 1,2 Battle at Townsend's Plantation near  MT DORA,FL This battle portrays the skirmishes that occurred between Union forces stationed near Fort Myers in South Florida and the 1st Florida Special Cavalry (CSA) as well as other Confederate Forces that assisted them. More information on this event can be found at http://townsendfirm.com/plantation.htm


FEB 1,2  Fort Clinch Garrison Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.


 February 7, 8, 9 Civil War Days in the Keys at Ft. Taylor  State Park in Key West, FL Designated a National Historic  Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for  recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline.  Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.  http://www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/default.cfm


February 14-16, 2014.  Battle of Olustee at Olustee State Park near Lake City, FL 150th Battle of Olustee reenactment, parade and Living History.  Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site, Olustee, Florida.  Your help is needed with the school day programs on Friday, February 18.  The reenactment takes place on the actual site where the Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond) was fought.  Visit with thousands of Civil War reenactors, tour the camps, see demonstrations of all types.  Best gathering of Civil War sutlers at any Civil War event with 80+ sutlers in attendance.  Friday is School Day.  Battles Saturday and Sunday.  Full scale artillery only.  The Olustee Battle Festival Parade will begin at 10:30 AM.  Reenactors are encouraged to participate.  Buses will transport reenactors to and from the parade site and will be served breakfast.  No pets.  Due to concerns for public safety, no fur bearing animals such as cats and dogs will be allowed during the reenactment activities.  This does not apply to horses.  Get there early.  The crowd gets big fast, sign-in and parking can be a hassle.  First time visitors and reenactors to the event should read the listing of activities at http://battleofolustee.org/   The battlefield is located just fifteen miles east of Lake City on Hwy. 90 from I-75 and 50 miles west of Jacksonville.  Take I-75 to Hwy. 90 exit.  Go east on Hwy. 90.  Drive slow, the signs at the entrance for reenactors have been small and hard to see in the past.  Contact the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site at (386) 758-0400 or email olusteecso@yahoo.com


February 21, 22, 23 Ft. Desoto Civil War Living History at Fort Desoto State Park in Tierra Verde, FL  The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry  Re-enactment Regiment, in cooperation with the Pinellas County Parks Department and Fort DeSoto Park , will host an American Civil War Weekend Encampment and Historical Battle Reenactment at the Fort DeSoto Park located in Tierra Verde on the Southern-most tip of Pinellas County ,  Florida . Camps will be open FREE to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. each day. Participants will be depicting both Union and Confederate infantry, artillery, and civilian impressions.


February 22 Southwest Florida Heritage Festival in Sarasota, FL   The Crowley Museum & Nature Center will be hosting the Southwest Florida Heritage Festival on February 22, 2014 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The address for the event is 16405 Myakka Road Sarasota, FL 34240. More info on the event can be found at www.crowleyfl.org. The event will feature Civil War camp, demonstrations and reenactment. Florida Civil War History musical play reading. Pioneer demonstrations. For more information call The Crowley Museum and Nature Center at 941-322-1000 or email them at info@crowleyfl.org.  Also you can reach Carolyn Dunn at 941-483-9158 regarding this event. 


March 1,2 Fort Clinch Garrison Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.


March 1,2 Natural Bridge Reenactment - Woodville, FL 

 

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park . Starting at the capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida, travel south on SR 61/363 (Monroe Street/Woodville Highway) approximately 10 miles to the community of Woodville. As you reach the elementary school at the southern edge of Woodville, turn left onto Natural Bridge Road. Travel approximately 6 miles east to the Battlefield. For more information contact Captain Chris Ellrich at cellrich@hotmail.com


March 7, 8, 9  Crystal River –Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment. Williston,  Florida. This event is sponsored by the original Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment Committee and will be held at Williston, FL. The town is 100% behind this event and has provided a 65 acre site right in town. Restaurants are nearby and additional food vendors will be on site. Your  favorite sutlers will be on site also. Pyrotechnics during the battle. Indoor  ladies tea and indoor dance hall. The Saturday night ball will be held inside the new school across the street from the reenactment site with indoor bathrooms (men - no cleats or hobnail shoes allowed). The 97th Regimental String Band will provide the music. Usual amenities including cut firewood, hay for bedding and city water. Full RV hookup site is one mile away. An Artillery bounty will be provided for the first 12 full size guns and mountain howitzers registered (register online now at the event's website). Infantry and Cavalry pre-registration is encouraged. Cavalrymen must bring Coggins paperwork for their horses. Friday school day - your help is needed contact Ray at the following email address. The address for the location is Kirby Family Farm 19630 NE 30th Street Williston, FL. 32696. The key contact for reenactors is Ray Smutko at ray1861@earthlink.net For  event information and sutler registration contact Bill Micklon attrechuck@tampabay.rr.com Additional event details will be posted on the Nature Coast Civil War website at www.naturecoastcivilwarreenactment.com


 March 7, 8, 9  **Camp Milton Battle at Camp Milton City Park in  Jacksonville, FL Hosted by the 75th Ohio.  Camp Milton is located off of Hwy 90 in Western Duval County about 10 to 15 miles from Downtown Jacksonville. The signs will be up directing people to the park. Also you can find more info at jaxparks.org. Also you can contact the 75th Ohio's sponsors Tom Criscuolo at buckeye75th@aol.com or Rob Pfluger at  ThePflugers@aol.com


March 15,16 ? (tentative) Spring Confederate Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach Florida. This event is a living history event portraying the 1861-1862 Occupation of Fort Clinch by Florida Militia and Confederate Forces. This event is sponsored by Fort Clinch Living History Programs, Fernandina Volunteers, 7th Florida, and McBride's Company of Florida Indian Scouts / Company K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters.


MAR 21,22,23 The 20th Annual Battle at Narcoossee Mill.  This event is being held at Chisolm Park at 4700 Chisholm Park Trail St. Cloud, FL 34771 This event portrays an 1864 Union Raid against a powder and grist mill that was located near Narcoosee, FL that was used by the Confederate Florida Commissary Department to provide supplies to Confederate Forces in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Visit their site at www.jacobsummerlin.org for more information.


April 5,6 Fort Clinch Garrison Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL. This is the monthly fort garrison event that portrays life at Fort Clinch under Union Occupation. This event is sponsored by the Fort Clinch Living History Program, Co. E. 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, & Co. K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters/McBrides Company of FL Indian Scouts.


April 11-13 2014 Raid on Bishop's Farm  in Holly Hill, FL Sponsored by J Franklin Hull Light Artillery Camp and Southern Volunteer Battalion. Friday the 11th will be a school day. Artillery bounty paid to 1st 4 cannons. To qualify cannons must be on field Sat. & Sun. Hay, Water, & Firewood provided for reenactors. Cavalry Reenactors with horses must have Coggins Papers. Artillery contact greyrider38@hotmail.com. Sutlers contact seacorn@bellsouth.net.  For more info contact mla3838@aol.com. Battle to be held at 495 Flomich St. in Holly Hill, FL


 April TBD, 2014.  Parrish Train Raid.  Parrish FloridaSponsored by the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  This is a small event with two short battles per day, one at 11:00 AM and one at 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.  Well, not really battles but attacks on the train as it passes.  The train stops and is boarded by the Federals or Confederates and "captured" or the attackers are driven off by the soldiers on the train.  Reenactors in period dress will be allowed to ride the train free.  There will be time to interact with the public both on and off the train if you like but first person impressions and scenarios on the train and after the train returns to the station must be approved by the event coordinator, Barry King.  Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry and civilians are invited.  Authentic and modern camping will be accommodated.  Firewood and water will be provided.  Driving directions: Follow I-275 south until it hits I-75.  Parrish is easy to find.  From south Fla. take I-75 north to Ellenton like you are going to Gamble Plantation. Instead of turning to the west, turn east on Hwy 301 to the town of Parrish.  From Lakeland, go south on Highway 37 (It dead ends in to Highway 62).  Turn west or right on Highway 62 toward Parrish.  When you hit Highway 301, turn right and immediately right into the Post Office.  The train stop is right behind the Post Office.  From Orlando, come Highway 17 south to just south of Bowling Green.  Turn west on Highway 62 and take it all the way to 301. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.  For further information, contact Barry King at bking75ovi@yahoo.com or call 352-817-1776.


 May 2, 3, 4 Annual Federal Garrison at Ft. Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, FL.  This event is sponsored by the Ft. Clinch State Park CSO, Ft. Clinch Living History Programs, Co. E 1st NY Engineers, 75th Ohio, and Company K 1st Michigan Sharpshooters / McBrides Company of Florida Indian Scouts. Union soldiers, sailors, Navy and Marines are needed for first person interpretation of Ft. Clinch and the Army camps around Fernandina in May 1864. Soldier activities include guard duty, drill, firing demonstrations, beach patrol, pay and mail call, ambulance drill and artillery training. Barracks accommodations provided and period correct camps will be located right outside the fort. THERE WILL BE NO FEMALES IN THE SOLDIERS BARRACK S  ADULTS OR CHILDREN There are 5 beds available first come first serve in the hospital and we are working to set up a bastion for females. A participant’s fee of $12 will be collected. Meals on Saturday and Sunday will be provided. There will be a candlelight tour for the public after dark. Modern camping is available, but it is best to make advance reservations with the Park for a spot. Civilian impressions are encouraged as "townspeople from Fernandina" or Union refugees from Jacksonville. Rank structure for Infantry Company (Officers and NCOs) is by appointment only. Special impressions must be pre-approved by the event coordinators. Please R.S.V.P. to assist in planning for this event. For more information contact Lee Bledsoe, Ft. Clinch CSO at bledsoel@bellsouth.net Military contact Rob Pfluger at rpfluger@rollins.edu or Tom Criscuolo at buckeye75th@aol.com Civilian contact Trasey Pflugerthepflugers@aol.com  Park website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

August 1, 2, and 3, 2014 150th Battle of Mobile Bay Fort Gaines Dauphin Island, Alabama & Fort Morgan Gulf Shores, AL - Sponsored by 2nd Florida Company F and  Alabama Division of Reenactors,  Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board and  Fort Gaines, and Fort Morgan National Park  Will be assembling an armed naval contingent for use at both forts.  This will consist of double masted schooners and ketches from the northern gulf coast.  The fleet will sail into the bay past Fort Morgan's guns on Saturday morning, then sail over to lay siege to Fort Gaines that afternoon.  Sunday it will load the Union army aboard the warships, offload them onto naval long boats, row them ashore to hit the beach for the land battle at Ft. Gaines, then lay offshore bombarding the fort into submission.  There will be pyrotechnics on land, sea, and air to add to the realism of warfare.  Going to need a lot of reenactors portraying naval gunners serving the guns aboard the ships as good Unionists for this one.  Fort Gaines will feed reenactors camped there a period meal in the fort kitchen. Reenactors will camp in Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.  There will be a camp dance on the parade grounds of Fort Gaines, hopefully featuring the music of the local band, Kracker Dan.  The event will have it's own web page and will be extensively advertised in Civil War publications such as Camp Chase Gazette and The Reenactors Journal.  Units from as far away as California came to the 2002 event. 

August 16 & 17, 2014 - 150th Battle of Gainesville at Gainesville, FL - sponsored by Matheson Museum. This battle will portray the 1864 Battle of Gainesville between Confederate forces in Florida and Union raiders from the East Blockading Squadron and the Union Jacksonville Occupation Force. For more information Contact Captain John. McLean, by email at mcleanjgator@yahoo.com or 352-283-0616 or the Matheson Museum at 352-378-2280www.MathesonMuseum.org.


This is all of the events in Florida / Southeast & Coastal Georgia that we're aware of as of publication date 10-18-13. Should you have other events that you would like added, email Cpl Rob Dyer of McBrides Company of Florida Indians / Company K 1st MI Sharpshooters at rwdyeriii@gmail.com   (PLEASE INCLUDE THE DETAILS OF YOUR EVENTS IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL OR SEND THEM AS A .DOC FORMAT FILE AS I HAVE TROUBLE COPYING AND PASTING THE INFO FROM OTHER FILE FORMATS.)