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September 2014


Battle of Marianna
MARIANNA, Fla. — The 150th anniversary Battle of Marianna commemoration in the Florida panhandle will be held Sept. 26-27.

Events will include a reenactment, living history demonstrations, exhibits, battlefield and historic home tours and memorial services.

The Sept. 27, 1864, battle followed several days of raids and skirmishes conducted by U.S. Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth and 700 troopers from Fort Barrancas near Pensacola. The Marianna Home Guard ambushed the column when it went up Marianna’s main street, wounding Asboth and his officers.

The Union troopers captured Col. Alexander Montgomery who led an outnumbered force of militia, reserves, volunteers, wounded soldiers home on leave and a few regulars.

The battle ended in close fighting and the burning of a church and two houses in which four died. It is said more than a quarter of Marianna’s male population was killed, wounded or captured in the battle.

Reenactors can contact Dale Cox at or 850-482-8061. Event information is at and historical information at

Virginia Exhibit
ABINGDON, Va. — William King Museum of Art will be showing “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia,” which is on loan from the Virginia Historical Society, until Feb. 1.

The exhibit consists of two 1,500 square-foot gallery traveling exhibitions — “Waging War” and “Surviving War” — that together feature more than 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs.

An extensive series of events, including lectures, reenactments and film screenings, has been planned in conjunction with the exhibition.

The museum also has five exhibition galleries, artist studios and an outdoor sculpture garden. Information is at

Dunlap Farm Battle
MACON, Ga. — Ocmulgee National Monument commemorated the Battle of Dunlap Farm 150th anniversary with interpretive programs and living history demonstrations.
It was the first time in the park’s 77-year history that the Civil War battle was commemorated with a living history program and the first time cannon were fired there in 150 years.

The battle occurred on July 30, 1864. Union Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, with over 2,000 men, attacked Macon, a Confederate army supply center. He planned to release Union officers imprisoned at Macon’s Camp Oglethorpe and move on to Andersonville prison.

The Confederates, led by Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb, placed 2,000 men in a defensive line between Stoneman’s men and the city. Stoneman failed to take the Macon, which remained in Confederate control until the end of the war.

North Carolina Tour
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ Office of Archives and History is hosting a Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour Oct. 24-26.
Registration is open at

Highlights of the tour with historian Mark Bradley include a Civil War-focused tour of the state Museum of History, dinner in the State Capitol Rotunda and Civil War tour of the building, a Fort Fisher “above-the-scenes” tour, visit to the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center and period meal and evening medical living history program at Bentonville Battlefield.

For more information, call 919-807-7389.