Shipwreck near Fort De Soto may receive state designation

Roughly two miles west of Fort De Soto Park, in about 18 feet of water, lies what’s left of the USS Narcissus, a Civil War tugboat that exploded after hitting a shoal in 1866, killing all 29 people on board.
When the state started surveying the wreck in the 1990s, there wasn’t much for divers to [...]

Annual “Battles for the Armory” event this weekend

The “Battles for the Armory” Civil war re-enactment, one of Tallassee’s prominent annual events, will be held this coming weekend, October 29-31 at the Gibson View Plantation south of town.
This will be the thirteenth edition of the re-enactment, sponsored by the Tallassee Armory Guards, Camp 1921 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Sons of Confederate Vets plan memorial service

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp plans to take advantage of the fall weather and hold its first memorial service at the historic Millville Cemetery on Saturday.
The group’s mission is to preserve heritage and educate people about the Civil War, commander Norman Fowler said. Many members of the 15-man-strong camp participate in reenactments.

Mary’s Musings: Company’s eagle immortalized

As Thanksgiving draws near, I have been looking for some less known stories about our heroic ancestors who sacrificed that we might be free today.
I found a story named “Abe – the Soldier Bird,” originally published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1904. It goes like this: A Chippewa Indian found a “wee eaglet,” and [...]

Reenactors take pride in keeping history on track

The blue uniforms outnumber the gray uniforms, just as it would have been during the Civil War.
“We have to honor our ancestors,” said reenactor Bob Ford, of Hinesville, Ga. “If there are three times as many gray as blue, that doesn’t honor those who fought.”
The goal was to keep things as realistic as possible at [...]

History buffs relive Hillsborough’s role in Civil War

Union troops made an amphibious landing, confederates charged their ranks, canons roared and bodies lay strewn across the grass during a re-enactment today of Hillsborough’s role in the Civil War.
Except for the cars and trucks parked nearby, the scene could have been straight out of 1863.

Civil War ‘raid’ set for October

The Florida Agricultural Museum will present “The Pellicer Creek Raid,” a Civil War re-enactment involving a number of living history groups from across the Southeast, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17.
Approximately 60 infantry and 25 cavalry troops will stage three battles at the museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.

Flagler woman one of last daughters of Confederate soldiers

Sadie Strickland told her grandson several years ago the most important lesson she’s learned is that family and God make life worth living.
“Our grandmother is in hospice care … and not expected to last beyond this week, at age 100,” Bunnell resident Marvin Clegg wrote Thursday in an e-mail. His grandmother — with 16 grandchildren, [...]

Cordelia Bryant McIlwain, 97, preserved her family’s Civil War legacy

She kept the letters under her bed and forbade her children from going through them.
But from time to time, Cordelia Bryant McIlwain showed her children some of the memorabilia dating to the 17th century. Much of the material comes from the Civil War, in which her grandfather and two great-uncles fought for the Confederacy

Civil War series at museum

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Amelia Island Museum of History is pleased to announce the Civil War Discovery series of lectures sponsored by First Federal Bank of Florida commencing in January. Three distinguished scholars will on successive evenings explore the meaning of the war generally for people today, and particularly [...]