Battle of Natural Bridge Comes Back to Life

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By: Erin Lisch

March 6, 2016

WOODVILLE, Fla.-Going back in time with the reenactment, the Battle of Natural Bridge.

March 6th 1865 the union attempts to cross the bridge to capture the Florida Captiol.

That day the Confederate army holds the Union in Woodville.

Rennactor Mark Rominger says its important to show Florida's past, "For the public to have some glimpse some living look at oh that's how they looked that's how it was like, that's what we're striving for."

From the past to present.....David Lang receives a sword, engraved to remember his great grandfather Confederate Colonel David Lang, of the 8th Florida Infantry

David Lang said,"Each of these men here ancestors served honorably on both sides and i'm just so happy to be a part of it."

And out of those men who served, more than 600,000 soldiers died in the Civil War.

And reenactors like Jame Creel say knowledge of the past, helps our future, "If you don't learn from history you're doomed to repeat it...I think it's important to have that knowledge behind you so you can make better decisions."

And thanks to these volunteer reenactors this history will never fade.

"i just want to see that it's carried on, I think everyone should be proud of their ancestry," said Lang.

A battle in the bloodiest war in U.S history....a history never forgotten, preserved by reenactments for the present and future.

This is the 39th year the reenactment has taken place.