War Reenactors Battle for the Capital

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email
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Tallahassee FL- Hundreds of Confederate and Union Soldiers battled for Florida's capital today during this years Natural Bridge Battle Reenactment.

We caught up with one man who leads his troops every year and says this reenactment isn't just for entertainment. Buzz Gifford told us, it all started after General Newton tried to attack Tallahassee from Newton. After that attempt failed, Newton was looking for another crossing when he learned about Natural Bridge and then decided that was his point of attack.

Gifford explained, "They met on March the 6th, really early in the morning- right at dawn. There were probably a couple hundred Confederates here at the beginning and the first scouts of the Union Army clashed with them and were repulsed."

Saturday hundreds of men reenacted what historians believe happened that day. Showing just one of the many skirmishes the Union and the Confederates had that day.

"The Confederates repulsed them every time and eventually the Federals pulled away," one soldier explained to a crowd of spectators.

"This was a battle that kept Tallahassee the only state capital East of the Mississippi from running into union hands," said Gifford. Through this reenactment, hundreds are inspired to come every year to remember and learn more about the battle at Natural Bridge.

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