Battle of Natural Bridge

141 years ago men and women fought to the death in Leon County. Residents came together to re-enact the Battle of Natural Bridge.

With guns in hand the confederate soldiers pull together to defend the City of Tallahassee from advancing U.S. forces.

LT COL Jay Welch, the commander of the U.S. Forces, says, "The union forces are trying to use the greater mobility of the Navy to land on the coast, move up toward Tallahassee before the confederate could muster any forms of local defense."

With as much authenticity as possible confederate re-enactors fight to defend the City of Tallahassee, the last confederate capital east of the Mississippi at that time.

Mark Rominger, the commander of confederate forces, says, "You read about it in diaries from the war, soldiers wrote diaries and letters home but by doing this you can actually, from some degree, experience what you may have read in books and diaries from the men."

The history and the significance of this battle brings people of all ages back year after year.

David McLaren from Scotland enjoyed the battle. He said, "I thought it was re-enacted very good, very good. Couldn't have done it any better even. I think they've done a marvelous job."

Brian Green from Gadsden County said, "Reading from a book and then to come and see it, you'll understand it better then you would from a book. You'd see how it actually is."

The Battle of Natural Bridge winds down as union forces retreat and the confederacy comes out victorious. The Battle of Natural Bridge is the second largest Civil War battle in Florida.