Monday, September 12, 2011

Marianna Day & Battle Reenactment set for September 24th

Battle of Marianna Monument
The annual Marianna Day obervance, which commemorates the 1864 Battle of Marianna, will take place on Saturday, September 24th, in downtown Marianna.
The Battle of Marianna, fought on September 27, 1864, was one of the fiercest small battles of the Civil War and culminated the deepest penetration of Confederate Florida by Union troops during the entire war. The engagement took place when a column of Federal soldiers, led by Brigadier General Alexander Asboth, launched simultaneous frontal and flank attacks on the city, which was defended by the Confederate forces of Colonel Alexander B. Montgomery.

You can learn more about the history of the battle at or from my book: The Battle of Marianna, Florida: Expanded Edition (also available for Amazon Kindle or iBooks instant download).

Although events will continue throughout the weekend, the main day of activities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th, with the annual Marianna Day parade through downtown Marianna. The parade will be followed by the downtown reenactment. Memorial services will begin after the reenactment at 11:30 a.m. and then a fall festival with live music will kick off at Madison Street Park in downtown Marianna.

A second mock battle (not based on the actual Battle of Marianna) will take place at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (September 24th & 25th) at Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road. These mock battles will feature cannonfire, pyrotechnics and other Civil War recreations that were not part of the real battle, but are never the less interesting to see.

To learn more about planned events, please visit

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