Friday, June 5, 2009
Tours Available of the Marianna Battlefield
If you are in the Marianna area or plan to visit soon and would like to learn more about the fascinating and tragic Battle of Marianna, you can now take a guided walking tour of the battlefield!
The tour covers the key areas of the fighting including the area where Confederate troops hurled back the first Union assault, the location where home guard troops ambushed the 2nd Maine Cavalry, inflicting on that regiment its heaviest losses of the entire Civil War, and the site of the Marianna Home Guard's last stand. The discussion is unbiased and includes accurate and detailed information, as well as unusual facts. The entire tour lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and also passes by some of the most beautiful old homes and landmarks of the historic city.
Fought on September 27, 1864, the Battle of Marianna culminated the deepest penetration of Florida by Union troops during the entire Civil War. One of the few battles fought through the heart of a town, it resulted in heavy losses for both sides as well as the destruction of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and two nearby homes. More than 20% of the male population of Marianna was either killed, wounded or captured in the fighting, which also marked the first time that African American troops launched a bayonet charge in Northwest Florida.
Advance reservations are required and the cost is $10 per person (children 15 and under can join for free). For more information, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ContactUs and submit an inquiry.