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2018 The Skirmish At Gambles Hotel

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Experience The Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment on March 24-25, 2018 in Florence, South Carolina. The reenactment depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when 500 federal soldiers, under the command of Colonel Reuben Williams of the 12th Indiana Infantry, marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. These federal troops were met by a group of Confederate soldiers who drove them away with the help of 400 reinforcements from the area home guard.

Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment

NEW FOR 2018: This year we moved Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment back 2 weeks because of a conflict with another event. That puts us a month away from Aiken, and gives us an open weekend between us and Broxton’s and again for Cheraw. In the past reenactors have complained about a busy spring, and not being able to attend events that are back to back. Also, the Saturday evening meal will once again be provided.

Bounty for Union Soldiers
In an effort to get more Federal soldiers, we’re offering a $200 bounty for any group that can put 20 rifles on the field both days. The bounty is good for up to 3 groups. Out of state units will get preference. We still have the bounty for artillery, see Garfield for that. And the bounty for cavalry. I think Petra is keeping up with that.

The Columns is a popular name for The Harwell House at Rankin Plantation, a beautiful antebellum home that dates back over 100 years. The name refers to the 22 Greek style, Doric columns that surround the home on three sides. The house was placed on the National Register of historic places in 1974.

Proceeds from Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment go towards historical preservation such as the 23rd History Scholarship, the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum at the SC State Museum, and other worthy projects.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students under 18 and no charge for children under 12. These funds will go directly to historic preservation or our scholarship at Francis Marion University.

Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment Schedule (tentative)

School Day
We will have historically correct presentations depicting camp life of the soldiers, infantry and artillery drill, cooking demonstrations, a blacksmith and a civilian homestead.

Our education program for The Skirmish At Gambles Hotel reenactment for school children is by invitation only. It’s not hard to get one, but you must contact Petra Darby at 803-518-1921 or by email at petradarby[@]yahoo.com (without the brackets). And please note. To offset the cost of insurance, we’re asking 5.00 per child that attends.

Directions to The Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment
To program your GPS, use 4789 East Old Marion Hwy, Florence, SC 29502 for a street address.

The event site is located near the intersection of Interstates 95 and 20, about 25 miles below the NC state line. That makes it easy from just about everywhere.

The Skirmish At Gambles Hotel - Rankin Plantation

Reenactor Information
Spectator Information
Vendors and sutlers are by invitation only. We make an effort to limit the type of vendor so that there are not too many of any one kind. The fee for sutlers is $75. For modern vendors it’s $100.

We do not allow anything that is offensive or distasteful to be sold at your table or in your tent. We reserve the right to define what may be offensive or distasteful. If we find something objectionable, you may be asked to remove it, or you may be asked to leave the premises.

We set up the modern vendors closer to the house. Sutlers set up on one line facing the barn. Parking is really close, less than a hundred yards from the most distant tent. There is adequate room for a camper to be set up, but not enough to have a pavilion. There are no hookups. Generators are OK if they don’t bother anyone. If you prefer to stay in a hotel, there is one at the 327 exit on 95, just 7 or 8 miles away. And there are several more in Florence from 10 to 20 miles away.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Skirmish At Gambles Hotel Reenactment in March in Florence, South Carolina.

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