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Civil War Re-enacting Events
May 2005 to May 2006


(Please note: I do not have complete details on some future events.
Many future dates have not been confirmed, but may be used for planning purposes.
This information will be added as it is received.
Please be patient. Thank you.)

    Every Third Wednesday - Civil War Round Table
    The Civil War Round Table is an informal group interested in the Civil War and Civil War era topcis. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the U.D.C. Hall, 3158 State Road 60 (Gulf to Bay) located just east of McMullin Booth Road on the north side of SR 60. Past meeting have include presentations on Civil War medicine, the Underground Rail Road, The Union Navy, Mosby's Raiders, and round table discussions on vairous topics of the Civil War.

    Meetings are free and open to the public Call 727-791-0311 for further information.


    September 17, 2005. Blue and Grey Cotillion (Saturday 8pm to 11pm). Pinellas Park Civic Auditorium. All reenactors both Federal and Confederate are welcome. Period correct dress requested but not required. Sponsored by the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company A. Beginning at 8:00 PM until 11:00pm at the Pinellas Park Civic Auditorium, 7690 59th Street. The 97th Pennsylvania String Band to provide music. From central Florida take I-4 West to I-275 South. Get off 275 at exit 28 (Gandy Blvd. old exit #15). The exit ramp will go left and curve around keep going straight to the Hwy. 19 exit. Go straight across 19 and you will be on Park Blvd (S.R. 694). Go straight west and at the railroad tracks make a quick right. The auditorium is off the road next to the Police Station on 59th St. North. Admission is $10.00 per person or $18.00 per couple at the door. No advance ticket sales. For information, check the website at http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/97pavolinf/2005cotillion.html or coa_97thpa@hotmail.com

    October 1, 2, 2005. Andersonville Battle in Andersonville, Georgia. There will be two battles and lots of sutlers with many antique and craft shopping opportunities at the businesses along main street. The Andersonville Civil War Museum and the POW Museum is also very close. This is a nice little battle for spectators and reenactors alike. Andersonville is 9 miles north of Americus, GA. The reenactment site is in Andersonville itself; by the railroad tracks. To get there, take I-75 North. Exit at Americus. Turn West towards Columbus and travel approximately 5 miles and turn right at Andersonville Historical Monument. Turn right and travel 12 miles to the battle. Check their website at http://www.andersonvillega.freeservers.com/ for more information.

    October 14, 15, 16, 2004. School of the Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry and Medical. Officer and NCO training will also be offered. Hardy Brigade Maximum Effort Event. The school will be held at the Crystal River event site. No civilian spectators. This is a reenactors school not a battle reenactment. There will be a chance for the reenactor to burn powder and there may even be an informal "battle". No sutlers. No artillery powder ration. NO AMENITIES. Bring your own water, food, and other necessities. Firewood is on site but you will have to find it. There will be a reenactor fee to cover the cost of porta potties. Directions: 7 mi. northwest of Crystal River along US 19/98. It is accessible from Dunnellon via SR 488 or take I-75 to Wildwood exit (SR 44) go west on SR 44 when you reach Crystal River take US 19 North. Go about 7 mi. and the site will be on the left. As you pass over the railroad tracks, get in the left lane, go about a mile and turn left into the small one lane driveway. The entrance is just north of the Crystal River power plant and just south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. This event takes place on land owned by Holcim, Inc.. For information, contact Gen. Goodrich at rgoodrich4@tampabay.rr.com

    November 4, 5, 6, 2005. Ocklawaha River Raid. Hardy Brigade Maximum Effort Event. All are invited to attend the 21st annual reenactment of the March 1865 Union raid and ensuing skirmish with local troops in Marion County. The reenactment will be held at the Marion County 4-H farm site at the intersection of Highway 464 and Highway 35 just southeast of Ocala. All branches of service are welcome; there is plenty of room. Hay firewood, water, portalets, and modern and authentic camping are provided. Stores, lodging and restaurants are located nearby. Powder rations provided to the first eight cannons pre-registered. The weekend will include two battle reenactments, a ladies' tea and civilian activities, and a ball Saturday night. Driving directions to the site from the NORTH: From I-75 take exit 352 to Hwy. 40. Go east on Hwy. 40 through Ocala to the town of Silver Springs. Turn right at traffic light at the intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy. 35 (near the Silver Springs theme park). Go five miles south on Hwy. 35 to Hwy. 464. Go across Hwy. 464; the site entrance is about 100 yards on your left. Directions from the SOUTH: From I-75 take exit 341 to Hwy. 484. Go eight miles east on Hwy. 484 to the intersection of Hwy. 484 Hwy 27/301/441. Go across 27/301/441 to the intersection of Hwy 484 and 35. Turn left onto Hwy. 35 and go five miles north; the site is on your right. The site entrance is on Hwy. 35. For more information, contact Major Keith Kohl at cog4flainf@aol.com

    November 18, 19, 20, 2005. 11th annual Battle at Horse Landing, Palatka, (North) Florida at the Rodeheaver Boy's Ranch. Hosted by the 3rd Florida Co. A. and Rodeheavers Boys Ranch. This is the first big battle of the new season and it has always been a good event. Help is needed for school day on Friday with demonstrations, talks and kid control. The Friday living history school days always brings thousands of kids in. Ladies tea on Sat., ball Sat. night. Authentic earthwork battles take place on very large field both Saturday and Sunday. Good pyrotechnics display. Hay and firewood provided. Hot showers available. Food and carriage rides for additional fee. There is a $5 reenactor fee. All proceeds go to the Boys Ranch for operating expenses and for preservation and maintenance of historic site of Confederate Captain J.J. Dickison's finest triumph. The Boys Ranch is 9.7 miles South of Palatka on Hwy 19. The entrance is hard to see so be careful. Sutlers contact (386) 328-1281. For general info, check out the ranch website rbr.org, or email the ranch at rodeheaverboys@aol.com snail mail Horse Landing, 380 Boys Ranch Rd., Palatka, FL 32177.

    January 20, 21, 22, 2006. The 26th Annual Brooksville Raid, Brooksville, Florida. Hosted by the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc. and North Pinellas Scout Sertoma Club. This is a maximum effort Hardy's Brigade event. The Brooksville Raid is known as the biggest and the best Civil War Reenactment in Florida. Last year 3,850 reenactors and their families participated in the event along with 24 cannons and 61 mounted cavalrymen. Help is needed for the school day on Friday the 20th contact Judy Everett at everett_j@popmail.firn.edu if you can help. This event has lots of sutlers and lots of reenactors. Two battles (2:30pm); one Sat. one Sun. Ladies tea will be held at 11:00am Saturday (the women put a lot into this tea and I have been told it is one of the best anywhere), Blue/Gray Ball Sat night at 8:00pm, church Sun. morning. A $2.00 donation to the event will be required for all reenactors and adult family members participating in the Brooksville Raid. All reenactors will receive a raffle ticket upon registering for a $100.00 gift certificate (five to be given away) to be used at any of the sutlers in Sutlers Row during the event. The winners will be posted throughout the camps and at the ball Saturday evening. Any and all proceeds from this event are split evenly between North Pinellas Sertoma and the Heritage Museum. Meals and hot showers will be available from the North Pinellas Co. Scout Sertoma Club, Friday evening through Sunday, for a nominal fee. Due to the incredible amount of artillery attending the Raid, the powder ration will be a little different this year. A powder ration will be given to the first twenty pre-registered cannons only. The Raid is held at the Sand Hill Boy Scout Camp on US Hwy 50. The battle is 10 miles West of Brooksville. The entrance is on Hwy 50. Take Hwy. 50 West. Go through Brooksville, keep going West about 10 miles, and look for the signs. Make plans to attend! You don't want to miss this. For information call 352-799-0129 or visit their website at brooksvilleraid@earthlink.net or email address raidplace@earthlink.net

    February 3, 4, 5, 2006. Renningers/Townsend Battle (Mt. Dora) Two battles. This is a maximum effort Hardy's Brigade event. 100 acres to camp and fight on. Living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstrations, authentic camps, ladies tea, Sunday church service, and sutlers. Usual amenities. Cash prize for largest unit and best drills. Dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band. Full scale artillery, cavalry, and soldiers in period dress and weaponry. Cavalry wanted. Bounty paid for artillery and cavalry. This event is North of Orlando on Hwy 441 just a couple of miles from Mt. Dora. As you start down the big hill, look for the Renningers flea market and battle sign on East side of road. If you are coming down the Fla. turnpike, get off at the new North Apopka exit #267A on the new 429 toll road then turn north on Hwy. 441 and follow the directions above. Contact Wayne Vaughn ggvghn@cs.com at Sutlers contact Fred Jakobson at csarooster@adelphia.net

    March 10, 11, 12, 2006. Battle at Crystal River. (west coast of Florida). This is a maximum effort Hardy's Brigade event. The Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment Committee, Inc. will present the 9th annual "Civil War Reenactment". This event is a Hardy's Brigade maximum effort event. The reenactment will be held in the same place as last year at the Holcim, Inc. property site. Part of the proceeds from this event go to historical preservation in the Citrus County area, college scholarships and the veterans memorial in Citrus County. Powder ration for all pre-registered artillery pieces. School day is Friday, March 10th from 10am to 2pm. Contact Dawn Peters at curtis.peters@holcim.com if you would like to participate in the Education Day activities. All reenactors who help with school day will receive a free BBQ meal Friday night. A registration fee of $1 per reenactor nine years old and up to be paid at the time of sign-in at the registration desk. Wrist bands to be worn by all reenactors nine years old and up while on property. No four wheelers on battlefield outside of modern camp. Authentic Civil War Era Sutlers only. Sutlers, please contact Bill and Diane Micklon at trechuck@tampabay.rr.com for specifics. Live fire cannon demonstration will be held during the weekend; live fire musket competition and mortar contest will also be held. Contact Ray Smutko at ray1861@digitialusa.net for information about the musket or artillery competitions. Living history demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Civil War Battles take place at 2pm Saturday and Sunday, with pyrotechnic blasts for effects. Ladies tea is Saturday morning at 11am. Saturday night 1860's dance for reenactors and guests only. Sunday morning Church service at 10am in the steel barn. Authentic camps for CSA and USA. Hay, wood and water on site for authentic and modern camps. Modern camping (no hook-ups) on site. Directions: Seven miles northwest of Crystal River along US 19/98, site is on the left. Site entrance signs will be on the highway. From Dunnellon, take SR 488 West, turn North on US 19/98; or SR40 West to Inglis, turn South on US 19/98. From Orlando, take the Florida Turnpike North to I-75, exit at first exit at Wildwood (SR44), go West on SR44 to Crystal River, turn North on US 19/98 and follow the signs (about seven miles North). Or you can also travel from Orlando, go West on SR50 to US19, turn North to Crystal River and follow the signs. As you pass over the railroad tracks, get in the left lane, go about a mile and turn left into the small one lane road. Pre-registration forms (for reenactors, artillery, cavalry and sutlers) are online at www.crystalriverreenactment.org Contact NCCW Reenactment Committee: Curtis Peters (President) at curtis.peters@holcim.com Marty Hoffman (Vice-President) at pvt-hoffman@earthlink.net Marcie Bruno (Secretary) at mandjbruno@webtv.net John Porter (Treasurer) at jlporter@digitalusa.net Snail mail correspondence to NCCWC, Inc., 8154 W. Pine Bluff St., Crystal River, Fl. 34428-6930

    April 21, 22, 23, 2006. Anclote River Raid You are invited to Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey Florida. 150 acre site in the Middle of Pasco County. School Days Friday April 21 beginning at 9:30 am, guides and stations please meet at sutlers row at 8 am. Saturday 11 am tactical will begin in the forest and culminate on the field at 3 pm for the spectators battle; Sunday battle at 3 pm; Night Tactical Friday (in darkness) and Saturday if there is enough interest; Cabins available and must be reserved prior to the event and prepaid. They will be available after 2 pm on the day of arrival; Powder Rations are ONLY for the first 4 Artillery pieces registered; Sutlers MUST pre-register, have period correct tent and merchandise and are subject to approval; Ladies Tea Saturday at 11am - Shuttle for the ladies will start at 10:30 am to the Nature Center; Grand Ball Saturday night 8 pm (inside), shuttle to the ball will begin at 7:30, ALL interested are welcome to both. Cavalry Ideal grounds with 14 miles of riding trails, corral will be available early. Coggins papers on all animals are required to be shown at registration. Living History Demonstrations throughout the weekend. In town gun fights, hanging, gallows, etc. suggestions welcome to enhance the experience. Thanks To the Park and Recreations Dept., Friends of the Park and SWFWMD. Suggested DIRECTIONS: From NORTH of New Port Richey: 75 S to SR 52 Right; To Moon Lake Road make Left; to Starkey Blvd at stop light make Left and next left is Park Entrance; From SOUTH of New Port Richey: 75 N to SR 56 at exit go Left; Several Miles and past Gunn Hwy to Starkey Blvd. at stop light make Right/ North; 6 plus miles North to Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Entrance, turn Right. Questions Email AncloteRiverRaid@Yahoo.com

    May 20th 2006. (Saturday only event) Civil War Days skirmish at Heritage in Largo Fla. Sponsored by Pinellas County's Heritage Village and the Pinellas County Historical Society and co-hosted Co-hosted by the USS Fort Henry and USS Ottawa. This event allows the spectator to see various aspects of the Civil War era. Spectators will be encouraged to participate in various "hands on" activities focused on both military and civilian life. Sutlers, food and beverage vendors will be on site. The event hosts ask that the reenactors be very pro-active in informing the spectators about uniforms and gear, their units, feelings about the war, etc. ARMS: No pre-loaded weapons to be brought on site. Pistols to be inspected unloaded by the safety officer and tagged. All weapon firing is to be coordinated through the event hosts. Artillery powder subsidy to the first two Union and first two Confederate pre-registered field guns (contact Lew Zerfas). Event opens 9 A.M. Skirmish (new battle plan) at 2:30 P.M. Reenactor/sutler/vendor registration: Gate No. 2 open for registration and setup 7:00-8:30 AM (event opens to public at 9:00). Participants register inside of gate 2. Field passes will be issued to reenactors. Parking: Only vehicles with trailers (artillery, sutlers, etc.) can park inside fence. All vehicles must park outside fence to maintain ambience. Nearby paved parking is just north of the gates. Public to follow signs and park in the event lot and ride free shuttles to the entrance. Sutlers and vendors are to contact Heritage Village in advance (727-582-2123) Reenactor information: Lew Zerfas lewz@knology.net All to register upon arrival. Information and location for Heritage Village: http://www.county.pinellas.org/heritage

    For more information about reenacting in Florida, go to: Florida Reenactors Online Website for more regional information!

    This page last updated: August 14, 2005


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