35th Annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment

January 11th, 2015

35th Annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment

Brooksville, FL

Jan. 17 & 18, 2015

 

Well, we are off to a New Year!  In reflection of our past and some Florida history, Brooksville is having their 35th Annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment.  This is a reflection of the only notable military action during the Civil War, occurring on July of 1864, assisting the Unions over 150 years ago.  It is presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc., Inc. and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc.  and will be held at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation on State Road 50, west of Brooksville.

Annually reenactors gather, coated in their uniforms of blue and grey, representing our country’s soldiers from the days past in the Brooksville Raid.  Recreating the battle of the Civil War encounter, rifles are firing barrage after barrage, while the cannons make their presence known.  It has become the largest Civil War reenactment in Florida and is held the 3rd weekend in January every year.  There are over 1500 reenactors and their families, 28 cannons, 60 horses, and over 50 sutlers.  The Raid Reenactment will actually take place on Saturday at 2:30 and Sunday at 2:00.

There is also a tour, at no additional charge, of authentic confederate and union camps, presenting the way life was back in those days for our troops.  With a village having sutlers, representing the people, during that period, who sold provisions to the soldiers,  selling a wide variety of Civil War era merchandise for sale, it is sure to feel as if you are back in the late 1800’s.

On Saturday at 1:30 and Sunday at 12:30, they will feature live music from the 7lbs of Bacon Mess Band in the Big Tent.  For admission to this event, they are asking for an $8.00 donation for adults and $4.00 for youth 6-12 years old.  Children 5 and under are free, along with any one sporting their scout uniform.

With plenty of action to entertain you, there will also be a wide variety of tasteful food and drinks available.  An ice cold, old time root beer, some warm kettle corn or one of those delicious fry breads are sure to get you refreshed at this historical reenactment.

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