Sunday, March 2, 2008
Battle of Natural Bridge anniversary is this week.
Coming up in this week's print issue of the Jackson County Times, we will remember the anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida and explore how the battle impacted Jackson County even though it was fought near Tallahassee.
The last significant Confederate victory of the Civil War, the battle was fought on March 6, 1865 at the Natural Bridge of the St. Marks River. Troops from all over Florida, including Jackson County, took part in the fight and two of the three officers commanding the main Confederate line were from Marianna.
The Battle of Natural Bridge preserved Tallahassee's status as the only Southern capital city east of the Mississippi River not taken by Union troops during the Civil War. It also prevented massive destruction of infrastructure, governmental capability, industry and other resources.
To learn more about the battle, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/nbindex or consider my book, The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida, now available at Chipola River Book and Tea in downtown Marianna. You can also purchase it through www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com or by order through most bookstores.