The Battle of Natural Bridge

Mar 2, 2019 -
Mar 3, 2019

7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305
(850) 922-6007

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This event commemorates the 154th Anniversary of the Civil War battle which took place 12 miles south of Tallahassee. Early on the morning of March 6, 1865, shots rang out in southern Leon County where the St. Marks River temporarily flows underground then reemerges, thus forming a natural bridge. These shots marked the opening skirmish of the Battle of Natural Bridge. Over the course of the day, Union troops consisting of the 2nd and 99th United States Colored Troops (USCT) attempted to charge over the natural Bridge. Each charge was repulsed by murderous artillery and small arms fire by the Confederate defenders. By days' end, Union forces retreated to the protection of the Federal fleet at St. Marks. Tallahassee became the only Southern Capital east of the Mississippi River not to succumb to military capture during the American Civil War. On Saturday, March 2, visitors will mingle with Civil War reenactors and observe a Confederate-Union skirmish, cavalry demonstrations, artillery shows and medical treatment examples. Sunday, March 3 will be the official Opening Ceremonies and Dedication, followed by a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments, including hamburgers, hotdogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available both days starting at noon. Parking is available at the park. The Natural Bridge Historical Society will accept donations of $3 per person for adults and $1 per child, younger than 6. Park entrance fees are waived for this event. Visit the Natural Bridge Historical Society's website at www.nbhscso.com for more information.

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Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305
(850) 487-7989

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