It might not get mentioned in the same group of notable Confederate victories as Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor or Chancellorsville, but the Battle of Natural Bridge played a significant role in Florida and Tallahassee history.
One of the last significant Confederate victories of the Civil War, the Battle of Natural Bridge preserved Tallahassee’s status as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River not to fall under Union control.
This year’s reenactment includes historic demonstrations, exhibits, skirmishes, a full battle reenactment and a memorial service held at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park.
Saturday activities include a ladies’ tea, infantry and artillery demonstrations, a skirmish and medical treatment demonstrations. The full battle reenactment will follow church and memorial services.
A sutler encampment offers period goods for sale, ranging from uniforms, military accoutrements and general mercantile items for men and women. Other activities include period children’s games, sewing, knitting, needlework and candle making. The Tallahassee Elks Lodge will provide more contemporary concessions and refreshments.
Suggested donations are $3, adults and $1, children under age 6. Proceeds support the maintenance and preservation of Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park.