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Welcome to the Hardees Corp Newsletter

Civil War Re-enactment Events
For The 2008 To 2009 Season
Events In 2009
January 9, 10, 11, 2009.  3rd Annual Battle of Gopher Ridge at Roberts Ranch in Immokalee, FL.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  Held in conjunction with Vaquero/Cattlemen's Days.  School day on Friday will include demos of camp life both Confederate and Federal and Florida cattle ranch life in the 1800's.  Mounted cattlemen, and soldiers are encouraged to attend.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  A parade/cattle drive through Immokalee is scheduled for Saturday morning.  Battles Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Dinner will be provided Saturday night.  CSA Commander will be Col. Rick Brass of the 10th Tenn. dismounted cavalry.  Federal Commander will be Rick Rickard.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  For information, contact Lou Stickles (event organizer and museum liaison) at or Fred Parks at

January 10, 11, 2009.  DeLeon Springs General Birney's Raid of 1864 (DeLeon Springs State Park). Union encampment.  Hosted by the 17th Connecticut.  No battle, this is a living history event.  Union troops wanted to portray 17th Connecticut, 35th USCT, 157th N.Y., 75th Ohio Infantry.  No modern camping on site but plenty of nearby venues.  For more information, please contact Jeff Grzelak at
January 16, 17, 18, 2009.  The 145th anniversary of the actual Federal raid on the town of Brooksville and the 28th annual Brooksville Raid, Brooksville, Florida.  Hosted by the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc. and North Pinellas Scout Sertoma Club.  The Brooksville Raid is known as the biggest and the best Civil War Reenactment in Florida.  Last year 3,850 reenactors and their families participated in the event along with 24 cannons and 61 mounted cavalrymen.  Help is needed for the school day on Friday the 16th (over 1,200 students attended last year).  Cavalrymen - This year the Brooksville Raid will not supply hay for the cavalry horses.  In place of the hay ration, a Horse Hay-Bounty will be distributed to the cavalrymen.  The bounty will be $10 per horse to first 40 pre-registered horses who participate in the battle.  The hay bounty will be handled at the registration desk when the cavalryman signs in.  If you did not pre-register yourself and your horse, you will not get the $10 bounty.  Remember to bring your own hay for your horse - no hay will be on site.  All horses and mules are required to show current coggins papers at the registration desk before the horse is allowed on the property.  The event will supply tent and sleeping hay to the infantrymen.  Two battles (2:30pm); one Sat. one Sun.  Ladies tea will be held at 11:00am Saturday (the women put a lot into this tea and I have been told it is one of the best anywhere), Blue/Gray Ball Sat night at 8:00pm, church Sun. morning.  A $2.00 donation to the event will be required for all reenactors and adult family members participating in the Brooksville Raid.   All reenactors will receive a raffle ticket upon registering for a $100.00 gift certificate (five to be given away) to be used at any of the sutlers in Sutlers Row during the event.  The winners will be posted throughout the camps and at the ball Saturday evening.  Any and all proceeds from this event are split evenly between North Pinellas Sertoma and the Heritage Museum.  Meals and hot showers will be available from the North Pinellas Co. Scout Sertoma Club, Friday evening through Sunday, for a nominal fee.  Due to the incredible amount of artillery attending the Raid, the artillery bounty will be a little different this year.  One bounty per unit ($100) will be given to the first twenty pre-registered cannons only.  The Raid is held at the Sand Hill Boy Scout Camp on US Hwy 50.  The battle is 10 miles West of Brooksville.  The entrance is on Hwy 50.  Take Hwy. 50 West.  Go through Brooksville, keep going West about 10 miles, and look for the signs.  More information at NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS

January 23, 24, 25, 2009.  16th Annual School of the Soldier/Skirmish at Eden State Gardens near Port Washington, Florida.  Host unit: 1st FL Infantry Reg. Co. D. (Walton Guards) Friday will be a school day.  Saturday and Sunday will include drills and a skirmish.  On Saturday only a ladies tea and living history displays.  Period camping on site only.  No fee, walk-ons welcome.  Information contact Jim Busby at  Directions to the event can be obtained at

January 30, 31, February 1, 2009.  Battle at Townsend's Plantation (Renningers Market at Mt. Dora).  Sponsored by the law offices of Clay Townsend, Esq.  No reenactor participation fee.  Spectator fee $5 adults and $2 children.  Living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstrations, authentic camps, ladies tea, Sun. church service, and sutlers.  School day will be held on Friday Feb. 1st.  Usual amenities.  Dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band Saturday at 8pm.  Full scale artillery, cavalry, and soldiers in period dress and weaponry.  Bounty paid for artillery and cavalry.  Battle 3pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.  This event is North of Orlando on Hwy 441 just a couple of miles from Mt. Dora.  As you start down the big hill, look for the Renningers flea market and battle sign on East side of road.  If you are coming down the Fla. turnpike, get off at the new North Apopka exit #267A on the new 429 toll road then turn north on Hwy. 441 and follow the directions above.  Contact: (Infantry and Artillery) Wayne Vaughn at  Sutlers contact Fred Jakobson at Cavalry contact R. A. Niepert at
January 31, February 1, 2009.  Battle of Okeechobee - Second Seminole War event held on portion of original battlefield at the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park (3500 SE 38th Ave).  Civil War reenactors are welcome to portray militia.  Need straw or felt hat - no kepis.  Lunch and dinner provided, powder ration, door prizes (at Saturday evening program).  Authentic and modern camping areas.  Located 1/2 mile East of Taylor Creek on Hwy 441 SE.  GPS 27.211601 - 80.789530  Contact Dowling Watford at or visit their site at

February 6, 7, 8, 2009.  Road to Olustee (weekend before the Olustee battle reenactment).  Confederate camps will be engaged in typical period activities; cleaning weapons, chopping wood, building earth works, drilling, etc.  Civilians will portray the town of Jacksonville going about daily life as they would have in February 1864.  Household duties, shopping for essentials, sewing, spinning, going about daily life until Union troops are on the move.  Union troops will have the opportunity to raid, scout, and advance on the Confederate fortifications.  Scripted scenarios will provide first person interpretation for reenactors and visitors alike.  Skirmish and raids on Saturday, and battle on Sunday.  Full civilian town scenario with period sutlers integrated into the town.  School day Friday, Barbeque for dressed participants on Friday evening.  Saturday evening barn dance.  Cavalry and artillery by invitation.  Firewood, hay provided.  Pre-registration encouraged, participation will be limited to the first 100 Confederate soldiers, all others will be required to participate as Union or civilian.  Total participation limited so pre-register early.  Strict interpretive guidelines for all participants, please read regulations for further details.  Reenactor fee: $5 for all participants over 3 years old.  All proceeds benefit historic preservation at Camp Milton.  Sponsored by Preservation North Florida, JaxParks, Flatlanders Mess and the Golden Teacup Society.  Register after October 15 at  For more information contact: Shorty Robbins,  Diane Gleason,  Joey Gangler,
February 13, 14, 15, 2009.  Civil War Heritage Days.  Key West Florida.  Fort Taylor was a Union held fortress (one of three in Florida).  It served as headquarters for the Union Navy's East Gulf Coast Blockade Squadron.  The event features a parade down the world famous Duval Street to Fort Taylor, artillery and infantry demonstrations, period crafts, a land/sea battle, and a period ball.  New on this year's schedule; a court trial of a captured blockade runner and a skirmish on the beach.  Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is the site of the best beach on Key West.  Portrayal of life in the Keys in the mid 1800's.  No registration fee but sutlers need to call in advance.  Ft. Taylor has one of the largest collections of coast artillery in the country.  Primitive tent and dry RV camping is available.  Directions, Take US 1 south to mile marker 0 and turn left on Southard Street.  Turn Left and follow the signs to Ft. Taylor State Historical site.  Sutlers and reenactors contact Rick Brass at    Information and on-line registration is available at   or by telephoning Park Service Specialist Harry Smid at 305-292-6850.
February 13, 14, 15, 2009.  The Battle of Olustee reenactment, parade and Living History.  Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site, Olustee, Florida.  Your help is needed with the school day programs on Friday, February 16.  If you have a special or unique program or can help in some other way, please contact Mitzi Nelson at   The reenactment takes place on the actual site where the Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond) was fought.  Visit with thousands of Civil War reenactors, tour the camps, see demonstrations of all types.  Best gathering of Civil War sutlers at any Civil War event with 80+ sutlers in attendance.  Friday is School Day.  Battles Saturday and Sunday.  Full scale artillery only.  The Olustee Battle Festival Parade will begin at 10:30 AM.  Reenactors are encouraged to participate.  Buses will transport reenactors to and from the parade site and will be served breakfast.  No pets.  Due to concerns for public safety, no fur bearing animals such as cats and dogs will be allowed during the reenactment activities.  This does not apply to horses.  Get there early.  The crowd gets big fast, sign-in and parking can be a hassle.  First time visitors and reenactors to the event should read the listing of activities at   The battlefield is located just fifteen miles east of Lake City on Hwy. 90 from I-75 and 50 miles west of Jacksonville.  Take I-75 to Hwy. 90 exit.  Go east on Hwy. 90.  Drive slow, the signs at the entrance for reenactors have been small and hard to see in the past.  Contact the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site at (386) 758-0400. or visit the website at
February 13, 2009.  The Battle of Lake City.  The 1st Georgia Regulars will host the event.  It will take place at 5pm. near the south-west corner of the lake behind the Columbia Co. courthouse.  Confederate Marines will provide two artillery pieces and support.  Federal infantrymen are always needed.  Federals will have Cavalry as well.  Driving directions: from hwy 90, go west from Marion St (441) one block to Columbia St, turn right, go 3 blocks turn right. and proceed several blocks to lake. Turn right. to SW  corner of lake. There will be a bus at the battlefield entrance at 330 pm to transport reenactors. For more information, contact Lt. David Eversole at   Included in the day's activities (before the skirmish), will be a memorial service at Oaklawn cemetery in Lake City at 9:30am.  A roll call of all 155 Confederates killed in the battle of Olustee and interred there will recognize and honor all of those fallen soldiers for the first time.  All were previously unknown!  As many confederate reenactors as possible are needed to attend this service.  Directions to the cemetery:  From hwy 90, 3 blocks west of Main St. turn right on N 5th St 6 blocks to W. Franklin St; cemetery on right.  For information, contact David Eversole, Battle of Olustee Camp 1463 at 
February 19, 20, 21, 22, 2009.  The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment Regiment, in cooperation with the Pinellas County Parks Department and Fort DeSoto Park, will host an American Civil War Weekend Encampment and Historical Battle Reenactment at the Fort DeSoto Park located in Tierra Verde on the Southern-most tip of Pinellas County, Florida. The civil war era camps will be open FREE to the public from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. each day. Participants will be depicting both Union and Confederate infantry, artillery, cavalry (limited), and civilian impressions. On Friday, February 20, 2009, the camps will be open for tours by elementary school children from surrounding cities and counties. On Saturday and Sunday, camps will be open to the public with ongoing events all day, climaxing with an historical battle re-enactment each afternoon at 1:30 pm. Other civil war activities will include period sutlers and vendors, a mock military trial and execution, artillery demonstrations, infantry drills, 'ladies afternoon tea', drum and fife music performances and civil war medical demonstrations. A limited number of re-enactor modern camping spaces will be available on a first contact, first served basis. Contact us for your reservation now because modern campers showing up on the day of the event without a reservation will not be allowed to camp. FREE firewood, hay for sleeping, and ice. We encourage re-enactors to arrive on Thursday, February 19, 2009 to participate in our 'school day' program for almost 1000 school children in Pinellas County. We would like to ask participating units and artillery to let us know in advance if they are coming to the event.  We have a $50 cash bounty for the first 6, pre-registered artillery units, with a cannon (3 Union, 3 Confederate) and $10 cash bounty for the first 10, pre-registered mounted cavalry that attend the event. Sutlers by invitation only.  For information or reservations, contact David Glenn, at (727) 430-8136, email:  or write: 97th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., Event Coordinator, 14172 Sharon Drive, Largo, Florida, 33774.
February 20, 21, 22, 2009.  Regional Fife and Drum Muster event.  The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment Regiment, in conjunction with our American Civil War Weekend Encampment and Historical Battle Re-enactment at the Fort DeSoto Park located in Tierra Verde on the Southern-most tip of Pinellas County, Florida.  All Ancient Musicians (Union, Confederate, Civilian, Revolutionary War, etc...) are invited and encouraged to attend. Participants will get to play, demonstrate, and share their music with other civil war musicians from around the country. There will be informal sessions as well as formal, marching opportunities.  A limited number of modern re-enactor camping spaces will be available on a first contact, first served basis. Contact us for your reservation now because modern campers showing up on the day of the event without a reservation will not be allowed to camp.  Firewood, hay, and ice provided. We encourage re-enactors to arrive on Thursday, February 19, 2009 to participate in our 'school day' program for 1000+ school children in Pinellas County. We would like to ask participating musicians to reserve their spot for this event.  For more information and reservations, contact David Glenn, Event Coordinator at (727) 430-8136, or  or write to: 97th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., Event Coordinator, 14172 Sharon Drive, Largo, Florida, 33774.

March 6, 7, 8, 2009.  Fourth Annual Gettysburg Reenactor Appreciation Weekend.  A fun-filled weekend without the hassles of an event.  All eras of history are welcome from Napoleonic to Civil War to WW II and more.  Admission is free to all reenactors and living historians in period attire.  Many local businesses will offer special rates and discounts for you and your family.  For more information see their website at and
March 7, 8, 2009.  143nd Anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge- Woodville. Fla. (Near Tallahassee) Sponsored by the Leon Rifles, Florida Park Service and The Natural Bridge Historical Society.  Battles both days/ very relaxed event. Sunday's opening ceremonies at l:30 p.m. The battle begins 2:30 p.m. no fees. Hay and wood available. potluck dinner for reenactors on Saturday night; Dance to follow. This reenactment of the 143nd Anniversary of the 1865 Civil War battle which defeated the Union takeover of Tallahassee, the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi which didn't fall into Union hands. It is fought on the actual battlefield. Encampments are open to the public from l0:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sutlers and artillery by invitation only. We need Yankees!  Sorry but the small battlefield makes it necessary to exclude mounted cavalrymen.  Artillery is by invitation only.  Military contact is Mark Rominger at  and Chris Ellrich at   Sutlers contact John Boger at 386-963-3654.  Directions: Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is located six miles east of Woodville, off S.R. 363 (Woodville Highway) on Natural Bridge Road. Woodville is located just south of Tallahassee.
March 13, 14, 15, 2009.  12th Annual Battle at Crystal River, FL.  This is a maximum effort Hardy's Brigade event.  Sponsored by the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment Committee, Inc.  The reenactment will be held once again at the Holcim, Inc. property site.  Powder ration for all pre-registered artillery pieces. School day is Friday, March 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Marci Bruno at if you would like to participate in the Education Day activities.  All reenactors who help with school day will receive a free BBQ meal Friday night.  A registration fee of $2 per reenactor nine years old and up to be paid at the time of sign-in at the registration desk.  Medallions must be worn by all reenactors nine years old and up while on property.  No four wheelers on battlefield or outside of modern camp.  Authentic Civil War Era Sutlers only.  Sutlers, please contact Bill and Diane Micklon at for specifics.  Live fire cannon demonstration will be held during the weekend as well as live fire musket competition and mortar contest.  Contact Ray Smutko at for more information on these activities.  Civil War Battles take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with pyrotechnic blasts for effects, including an exploding house.  A ladies tea will be held Saturday morning.  There will be an 1860's dance for reenactors and guests featuring the 97th PA. Regimental String Band on Saturday night.  Sunday morning Church service in the barn.  Authentic camps for CSA and USA.  Hay, wood and water on site for authentic and modern camps.  Modern camping (no hook-ups) on site.  Directions: Seven miles northwest of Crystal River along US 19/98, site is on the west side of the road.  Site entrance signs will be on the highway.  From Dunnellon, take CR 448 west, turn north on US 19/98; or SR 40 west to Inglis, turn south on US 19/98.  From Orlando, take the Florida Turnpike north to I-75, exit at first exit at Wildwood (SR 44) to US 19, turn north to Crystal River and follow the signs.  As you pass over the railroad tracks get in the left lane. go about a mile and turn left into the small one lane entrance road.  GPS position: N28.56.596 W082.37.329  Pre-registration forms for artillery and sutlers are online, others need not pre-register.  Snail mail correspondence to NCCWC, Inc, P.O. Box 640012 Beverly Hills FL., 34464.  NCCW Reenactment Committee: M. Hoffman (President) at Curtis Peters (Vice-President) at Marcie Bruno (Secretary) at John Porter (Treasurer) at

March 21, 22, 2009.  Confederate Garrison at Fort Clinch.  Early war impression, civilian and or militia uniforms encouraged.  Saturday night candlelight tour of the fort.  Meals provided for a fee to cover the cost.  Interested units and individuals contact Sgt. Willie Evans at
March 27, 28, 29, 2009.  The 16th annual Battle at Narcoossee Mill.  St. Cloud Fla. southeast of Orlando by Kissimmee.  Sponsored by the Jacob Summerlin Camp #1516 Sons of Confederate Veterans.  The Battlefield is on 150 acres of open and wooded land on the shore of  East Lake Tohopekaliga.  The event host will be checking coggins papers for horses at the registration desk.  There are no sutler or re-enactor fees.  Friday, the 27th, is education day which begins at 9:00am; re-enactors are needed to provide demonstrations.  A lunch will be provided for volunteers assisting with the school program.  There will be a ladies tea and military ball on Saturday.  Take Hwy 192 (Irlo Bronson Hwy) to Hwy 15.  Go 2mi North on Hwy 15, look for the park sign.  Another way to get there (from the North) is to take I-4 to the toll road 528 (Beachline Expressway) go east and get off on Hwy 15 exit (Narcoossee Road) go South on Hwy 15.  Another way if you are coming from the Florida Turnpike, get off at exit #244 and go east on Hwy 192 through St. Cloud, then turn North on Hwy 15 (Narcoossee Road).  GPS position: N28.16.448  W081.15.020  Contact the SCV Camp at or Don Williams at  More information, pre-registration 
April 18, 19, 2009.  Parrish Train Raid (southwest Florida).  The Parrish Train Raid is definitely a one of  a kind event.  This a small event with two short battles per day, one at 11am and one at 2pm.  Well, not really battles but attacks on the train as it passes.  The train stops and is boarded by the Federals or Confederates and "captured" or the attackers are driven off by the soldiers on the train.  Reenactors in period dress will be allowed to ride the train free.  There will be time to interact with the public both on and off the train if you like.  Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry and civilians are invited.  For safety reasons we have changed the camp layout for the event.  All DIRECTIONS ARE AS YOU STAND ON THE ROAD FACING THE RAILROAD TRACKS.  As you enter the Train Raid area, Modern Camping, RV and trailers will be along the wood line, to the left of the road.  The first modern campers on site can start at the small blockhouse in the woods and as others arrive they can work their way to the left.  There will be no camping or parking from the blockhouse to the road, this area must remain clear.  Please go as far left as possible so they can have ample parking for spectators and reenactors.  Parking for reenactors will also be on the far left approximately 15 ft from the train track, nose in towards tracks.  Union period correct camp will stay in the same place (to the right of the entrance road).  Authentic confederate camp will now be where the old modern camp was under the trees, starting behind the big oak tree (south of the Federal camp).   The area from the entrance road to the train station and all areas to the right will be roped off, this will be the skirmish and reenacting area.  Firewood and water will be provided.  Driving directions: Follow I-275 south until it hits I-75.  Parrish is easy to find.  From south Fla. take I-75 north to Ellenton like you are going to Gamble Plantation. Instead of turning to the west, turn east on Hwy 301 to the town of Parrish.  From Lakeland, go south on Highway 37 (It dead ends in to Highway 62).  Turn west or right on Highway 62 toward Parrish.  When you hit Highway 301, turn right and immediately right into the Post Office.  The train stop is right behind the Post Office.  From Orlando, come Highway 17 south to just south of Bowling Green.  Turn west on Highway 62 and take it all the way to 301. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.  For further information Contact Barry King at
April 17, 18, 19, 2009.  Annual Ladies Encampment at Ft. Clinch.  Sponsored by the Golden Teacup Society.   Join the ladies for a weekend of workshops, speakers and discussions geared towards expanding your knowledge, improving your impression and fellowshipping with other ladies in the hobby.  Learn period techniques.  Talk with other historians.  Share research and information.  Listen to knowledgeable speakers.  Camp onsite in authentic barracks.  Full registration details will be available in the Civilian reenactor area at the Olustee event or contact  Diane Gleason at   or Ryan Blocker at

April 18, 2009.  Confederate Memorial Day Motorcade.  South Florida.  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Once again the 12th and 14th Brigades of the Sons of Confederate Veterans invite all Confederate Reenactors to travel with them through seven counties in order to honor 171 Confederate Veterans.  The Annual CSA Motorcade will form up and travel from Miami north to West Palm Beach and from Sebastian south to West Palm Beach.  Participants will meet for dinner at the West Palm Beach Cracker Barrel.  For more information contact Wess Frank (north end)  at or Larry Powell (south end) at or Mike Mitchell at

April 25, 2009 10:00 AM.  Confederate Memorial Park Dedication.  Tampa Florida.  Confederate re-enactors are needed to dedicate a 30 by 60 foot CSA flag on a 139 foot tall flag pole.  The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM with the formal ribbon cutting at 2:00 PM.  Seven cannons will be on site to fire a 21 gun salute and of course all Confederate re-enactors are needed for the rifle salute.  There will be food and drink for sale, vendors, music and speakers.  Sons of Confederate Veterans Post Chaplin John Weaver will be speaking along with Donnie Kennedy who co-authored the book "The South Was Right."  Ladies and Gentlemen in period attire are encouraged to attend this historic event.  Children are welcome to participate.  Sutlers for the one day event are welcome to attend.  This will be a fun family day or weekend out.  Hotel rooms at discounted prices are being arranged.  Camping facilities and special restaurant pricing details are also being worked out.  The event host needs to establish attendance numbers.  If you would like to attend or need additional information please contact Michael Herring at or Wesley Frank at  Their website is located at
April 2009.  Anclote River Raid – The Anclote Raid is postponed this year due to extensive remodeling of the park.  This event will return next season.  You are invited to Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey FL.  Friday: School Day beginning at 9:30 am, guides and stations please meet at sutlers row at 9 am. Saturday:  Ladies Tea 11am All are welcome.   8pm Ball Celebration Saturday night, All are welcome.   Sunday: Church Services; Kids events to follow Services;  2pm Battle Sat. & Sun.;  Cabins and Campsites are available. Reservations cannot be taken till November,  2pm is check in on the day of arrival. Cabin must be paid for 30 days in advance. Email  to reserve, they will be accepted in date orders..  Only four Bounties are available for Artillery.  Email   Sutlers must pre-register, must have period correct tents and merchandise and are subject to approval; Cavalry – Ideal  grounds with 14 miles of riding trails, corral will be available early.  Coggins papers on all animals are required to be shown at registration.  Living History Demonstrations throughout the weekend.  In town gun fights, skirmishes all day, pickets are suggested to be posted. We welcome suggestions to enhance the experience.  Thanks To the Park and Recreations Dept., Friends of the Park and SWFWMD.  Park will be open to all for set up Wednesday.  Gate Key needs to be acquired at registration.  DIRECTIONS: From NORTH of New Port Richey: 75 S to SR 52 Right; To Moon Lake Road make Left; to Starkey Blvd, at stop light make Left and next left is Wilderness Park, the Park Entrance; From SOUTH of New Port Richey: 75 N to SR 56 at exit go Left; Several Miles and past Gunn Hwy to Starkey Blvd. at stop light make Right/ North; aprox 6 miles North to Wilderness  Park - Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Entrance, turn Right.  For information, email
May 2, 3, 2009.  Annual Federal Garrison at Ft. Clinch State Park.  This event is sponsored by the CSO.  Barracks accommodation provided, meals and the opportunities for first person interpretation of the Civil War (Federal) in exchange for a participants fee of $12.00 and agreement to help tell the story of Ft. Clinch and garrison duty in 1864.  You can participate in fully authentic presentations, particularly during the candlelight tour after dark.  Period correct camps can be set up right outside the fort.  There is an area for modern camping but it is best to make advance reservations for a spot.  Civilian impressions are encouraged as "townspeople or refugees (Federal Sympathizers) from Jacksonville".  There will be plenty of "off duty" time to go to town and enjoy some “civilian” entertainment.  For more information, contact F. Lee Bledsoe, Vice President of the CSO for Ft. Clinch at

May 16, 2009 (Saturday only).  Civil War Days skirmish at Heritage Village in Largo Fla.  Hosted by the U.S.S. Fort Henry unit.  This event allows the spectator to see various aspects of the Civil War era.  Spectators will be encouraged to participate in various "hands on" activities focused on both military and civilian life.  Sutlers, food and beverage vendors will be on site.  The event hosts ask that the reenactors be very pro-active in informing the spectators about uniforms and gear, their units, feelings about the war, etc.  Arms: No per-loaded weapons to be brought on site.  Pistols to be inspected unloaded by the safety officer and tagged.  All weapon firing is to be coordinated through the event hosts.  No reenactor fees.  Artillery powder subsidy to the first two Union and first two Confederate pre-registered field guns (contact Lew Zerfas).  Event opens 9:00am.  Skirmish (new battle plan) at 2:30pm.  Reenactor/sutler/vendor registration: Gate #2 open for registration and setup 7:00 to 8:30am (event opens to public at (9:00am).  Reenactor information: Lew Zerfas at website  Driving directions: I-275 (West side of Tampa Bay) to Ulmerton Road (SR-688).  Ulmerton west bound for 10.2 miles - follow event parking lot signs on left (south) side of the road.  For more information go to
May 15, 16, 17, 2009.  Battle of Central, South Carolina.  The battle is a whole new event with a new website located at  The location of the battle has been moved just a little further down the road.  The reenactment is sponsored by the Battle of Central SC Committee.  Hosted by the Provisional Army Of The Confederacy.  Event will include camping facilities, water, wood, hay, period music, dance and more.  There will be a $3 reenactor fee and a $5 walk-on fee.  Education day will be held on Friday May 15th at the NEW event site from 9am to 2pm, ALL are welcome to attend.  Free breakfast on Saturday for registered reenactors.  Please pre-register for the battle by April 15th.  Directions to the new event site (located 1/8 mile from the old site):  Located on Earle Road right off Hwy 93 between Central and Liberty, SC then follow the signs.  For more information contact