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Upcoming events calendar for 2013 - 2014

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga : 19, 20, 21, 22 September 2013

29th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid : 1, 2, 3 November 2013
The 2nd Battalion, Hardy's Brigade is pleased to announce the 29th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid will be held at the Florida Horse Park on Highway 475 east of Belleview and southeast of Ocala. This will be held on the traditional time slot of the first weekend in November, with this year's dates being November 1-3, 2013. Many of the aspects of the event will again be part of this year's re-enactment along with some new ones being planned. The site staff are very enthusiastic about having us and have already commenced advertising the event on their web site calendar. The host re-enactor battalion is already commencing our efforts at the new location in preparation for the 2013 re-enactment. This event commemorates the March 1865 Union army raid on plantations east of Ocala in Marion County and the resulting skirmish with local Confederate forces near the Ocklawaha River. LOCATION: 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). There 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.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith Kohl at ltcol2ndbattalion@gmail.com

The 13th Annual Raid on Fort Pierce : 13, 14, 15 December 2013
(New Date) 13th Annual Raid On Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce, Florida). New sponsor George W. Thomas SCV Camp #1595. Hosted by the 8th Florida Co. C. and the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The school day will be held on Friday, Dec. 9th (your help is needed). Battles Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Saturday morning would not be right without the Gracious Ladies of the 8th Florida Tea. New larger battlefield with bridge to fight for. Cavalry units welcome. Firewood provided. Powder ration for the first two Union and Confederate artillery pieces registered. Sutler and reenactor information contact Jim O'Dell at thedawg569_2000@yahoo.com or call 772-318-8258. $3 reenactor donation - max $20 per family (collected at registration). Location: Savanna Recreational Area, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce. Directions: I-95 to exit #126. This is Midway Road (SR 712). Go east approximately 5.5 miles to Savanna County Park (on left side of road). If traveling from the west coast, you can take SR 60 or SR 70 I-95 then south to exit #126 and follow the directions above. Modern camp with hook up for RVs (fee charged). Call the Park at 772-464-7855 for reservations and cost. Hot water showers, laundry and indoor bathrooms. For any additional information, contact Jim O'Dell at thedawg569_2000@yahoo.com or call 772-318-8258.


The 34nd Annual Brooksville Raid : 17, 18, 19 January 2014
Hosted by the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc. and North Pinellas Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. Your help is needed for the school day on Friday the 20th (over 1,200 students attended last year). Two battles - one Sat. one Sun. Ladies tea will be held at 10:30 AM, 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 8:00 PM. Church service Sunday morning. A $5.00 reenactor fee will be collected at the registration desk (13 years and under free). Paid reenactors will receive a raffle ticket 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 announced at the Blue/Gray ball Saturday evening. Cavalrymen - The Brooksville Raid will not give a cavalry bounty of any type. Remember to bring your own hay for your horse - no hay will be on site. All horses and mules are required to show current coggins papers at the registration desk before the horse is allowed on the property. Any and all proceeds from this event are split evenly between North Pinellas Sertoma and the Heritage Museum. Hot showers will be available Friday evening through Sunday, for a nominal fee. Due to the incredible amount of artillery attending the Raid, the artillery bounty will be a little different this year. One bounty per unit ($125) will be given to pre-registered cannons only. Each cannon must participate in both battles to be eligible for the bounty. 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. All sutlers contact Bob Burnett at loafersglorysut@aol.com. Artillery contact Bob Gomillion at bobgomillion@yahoo.com. More information can be found at their new website : www.brooksvilleraidreenactment.com.

The 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Bowlegs Creek : 31 January, 1, 2 February 2014
On behalf of the Ft. Meade Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Volunteer Battalion and the 12 New Jersey Company K, we would like to welcome you to the 4th Annual & the 150th Anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Bowlegs Creek. Our goal is to offer you the best accurate and genuine depiction of the "War between the States" and the circumstances and trials that were part of life during the demanding days of April 7th, 1864. We invite you to come and visit the Sutlers, Vendors, Camps, and Exhibitors that make up the Battle of Bowlegs Creek 'Raid up the Peace River'! The reenactment will run from Friday, 31st of January 'til Sunday, 2nd February, 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, hay and ice will also available. There will be no reenactor’s fee, just a donation box at the registration table. There will be a Ladies Tea on Saturday as well as 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, at (863)-285-8253 Contact eMail: ftmeadechamber@yahoo.com. Location: 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 past the Peace River!

The Battle of Olustee, Parade and Living History : 14, 15, 16 February 2014
The 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Olustee will be held at the Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site, Olustee, Florida. Your help is needed with the school day programs on Friday, February 14th. 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 the Battle of Olustee website. Directions: 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. For more information, contact the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site at (386) 758-0400, Toll-free at 1-877-635-3655 or eMail Mitzi Nelson at olusteecso@yahoo.com.

147th Anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge : 1 & 2 March 2014
149th Anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge - Woodville, Florida (Near Tallahassee). Sponsored by the Leon Rifles, Florida Park Service and The Natural Bridge Historical Society. Activities throughout the day including Civil War military drill and camp life in the Military Camp. Civilian Camp will feature sewing, spinning, knitting, needlework, candle making, and other Soldier Aid Society activities. A formal midmorning Ladies Tea will be held on Saturday. A full military skirmish will be conducted on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, camps will be open to the public at 9:00 AM. At approximately 1:00 PM, opening ceremonies will honor the combatants of the Battle of Natural Bridge which will immediately be followed by the Battle of Natural Bridge reenactment. Directions: Drive south from Tallahassee for about eight 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 six miles east to the battlefield site. Authentic soldiers and civilians contact Captain Chris Ellrich at cellrich@hotmail.com. Artillery by invitation only. Authentic sutlers (by invitation only) contact John Boger at jboger@nbhscso.com. Please direct all other inquires to Bob Trapp at btrapp@nbhscso.com.

The 150th Anniversary Battle of Charleston : 22, 23 March 2014
Buddy Jarrells and Michael Sarvis, Reenactor Coordinators for the Battle of Charleston Committee have this to say to all of us: "Welcome to the Battle of Charleston! We certainly hope you enjoy your time with us and take full advantage of our many living history demonstrations, the music, the food, vendors/ sutlers, our battle reenactments and tactical. Our goal is for you to experience life and events in and around Charleston during the Civil War. For our Reenactors, we are striving to make this an extremely reenactor friendly event. Hopefully, one you will always want to put on your schedule! These events will highlight the culture, technology and attitudes of the 1860's. We encourage you to take a trip back in time as you as you learn and experience our country's history and the exhilaration of the Battle of Charleston, also known as the Battle of Burden's Causeway or The Battle of Bloody Bridge." Reenactor Pre-Registration is $5 until February 25, 2013. After February 25th Registration Will Be $10. There will be two battles and a tactical. Make sure you have plenty of rounds! Dinner Saturday night for Reenactors will be at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own plate, fork, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Buddy Jarrells at (843) 246-4647 or email bajarrells1@gmail.com For more information, visit the Battle of Charleston website.

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