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2018 Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment

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Don’t miss the excitement at the Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment on March 23-25, 2018 at the Ralph V. Chisholm Park in Narcoossee, Florida. The annual recreation of a Civil War battle, The Battle of Narcoossee Mill is a great family activity that is both educational and entertaining. Visitors can roam through Civil War era camps, talk with Union and Confederate reenactors, watch the mounted cavalry of days past, and relive the battle reenactment from the American Civil War. (This “particular” Battle really never occurred.)

Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment

The park opens at 9:30 am and the battle begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. each day. Enjoy great BBQ, music, and homemade root beer while strolling through the authentic army camps. The reenactors camp out the entire weekend and live the historic events of the War of Narcoossee Mill.

Admission: $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Children 5-12, Children under 5 free

Location: Chisholm Park, 4700 Chisholm Park Trail, St Cloud, FL 34771

Free parking, close to the event

Visit authentic Union and Confederate camps

Stroll “Sutler Row” with over 20 Sutlers, Vendors, and Historical Displays

Get a great view of the battle from ample bleacher seating

The Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment is complete with mounted cavalry, pyrotechnics, and soldiers firing their muskets. If you are in the Saint Cloud Florida area the fourth weekend of March, be sure to stop by and enjoy history on a 50 acre stage.

More about the event history
During the Civil War, this area played a unique role in aiding the Confederate Army in the South, not as a battlefield, but as a large supplier of beef for the Confederacy and the army. There was an actual unit called the Cattle Guard back then, and it played a major role in the war. The role that Florida’s Osceola County could have played in the Civil War is what will come to life when two armies fight during the Annual Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment in Osceola County’s Ralph V. Chisholm Park in Narcoossee.

This event is organized by the Jacob Summerlin Camp, named for the cattle baron who helped grow so much of the Central Florida economy in the 1800s. The Jacob Summerlin Camp, a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is a civic group formed in Osceola County in 1991. The Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment raises funds for the camp’s charitable work, including scholarships, veteran monuments, grave markers, cemetery maintenance, and a Christmas charity program.

It’s not a reenactment of a historic battle, but rather a depiction of how a conflict may have occurred during the war for Southern Independence on land that would become Osceola County after the war. There was not ever really a battle here, so it is more an “enactment” of a scenario of how a battle could have taken place in that era, in this area.

Education Day
Students and Chaperones: $5.00 Per Person Admission – Lunch Included
Must be postmarked with payment in full by March 15th, 2018 (Non-Refundable)
Register http://www.jacobsummerlin.org/edreg.htm

Schedule of Events (subject to change
Friday
9:30 am – Education Day Tours Begin
Saturday
07:00 am – Reveille
09:00 am – Colors (In Camp by Unit)
09:30 am – Park opens to spectators
10:00 am – Ladies’ Tea
11:00 am – Officers’ Call
01:00 pm – Music by “7 lbs of Bacon” string band
01:00 pm – Camps Closed for Battle
01:00 pm – Weapons and Authenticity Inspections
02:00 pm – Battle Begins
03:00 pm – Battle Ends – Camps Reopen
07:30 pm – Artillery Night Fire at Dusk
08:00 pm – Re-enactors Barn Dance
Sunday
07:00 am – Reveille
09:00 am – Colors (In Camp by Unit)
09:30 am – Park opens to spectators
10:00 am – Reenactors’ Church Service
11:00 am – Officers’ Call
01:00 pm – Music by “7 lbs of Bacon” string band
01:00 pm – Camps Closed for Battle
01:00 pm – Weapons and Authenticity Inspections
02:00 pm – Battle Begins
03:00 pm – Battle Ends – Camps Reopen
05:30 pm – Camps Close

OLD TIME BARN DANCE
Mosey on down to the large pavilion on Saturday night for the period Barn Dance. Sing along… and please…. get up and dance!!!

Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment - Ralph V. Chisholm Park - Jacob Summerlin Camp #1516, Sons of Confederate Veterans
ARTILLERY NIGHT FIRE
The artillerists typically hold a night fire event from the shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga, on Saturday evening, prior to the Barn Dance.

TRAVELING FLORIDA CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL WALL
Several thousand men (soldiers, sailors, marines, physicians, and chaplains) in the State of Florida’s armed forces died from wounds, diseases, illnesses, or accidents during or soon after the “Civil War.” They were of diverse races, creeds, and nationalities. These individuals were pursuing the dual and, what they believed to be, honorable causes of defending and maintaining the sovereignties of the State of Florida and the Confederate States of America. Although the Traveling Florida Confederate Memorial Wall contains only the names of those who served honorably and died during the period 1861-1865, the initiative endeavors to pay homage to all of the aforementioned personnel. Therefore, the primary goal of this nonpolitical undertaking is to provide an educational and sacred tribute to these men.

Reenactors Information
Registration Fee: $7.00 Per Person Charge for All Re-Enactors, due upon arrival. (We do not accept debit or credit cards for registration.)
To aid the check-in process, please print and fill out your form(s) prior to arrival at the Registration Table. Firewood provided.
Reenactor Registration Form
Reenactor Rules & Regulations Form

Powder Bounty: First 6 full scale howitzers/field pieces which actively participate in both battles: $125 payable after Sunday’s battle.

Cavalry: Registration fee refunded/waived upon passing Coggins inspection. Hay is on your own.

Sutlers Welcome
Sutler’s Row was the merchants that would follow large armies and provide them with sewing kits and papers to write letters back home and various cooking items and little pieces for their shoes and things. “Today’s” Sutler’s Row will have offer wares that the public can buy, and some of them will have books on the history of the era, and there will be blacksmiths and dress makers. There will also be food available, where the public can buy jumbo pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.
Sutler Application

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle at Narcoossee Mill Reenactment on the fourth weekend in March at the Ralph V. Chisholm Park in Narcoossee, Florida.

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