Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

PVT. LUCIUS L. MITCHELL CAMP 4

St. Cloud, Florida


Preserving the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic

CALENDAR    |    UP COMING EVENTS   |    ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come visit our display at the St. Cloud’s Veterans Memorial Library! 
St. Cloud's Veterans Memorial Library is well known as a great place to get a book or video,
take a class, or join a club. Still another reason to go to our wonderful library is to see a display
recently installed by the St. Cloud Sons of Union Veterans. “The purpose is educational,” said
Sons Commander Michael Urell. Urell explained that over the years, with the help of local
historian and funeral home director Robert Fisk and others, they had been able to put together
a history of how St. Cloud became a town. Thankfully, Robert Fisk collected wonderful pictures
of the early town and its inhabitants. The history narrative and many pictures are now on the
wall of the library just to the right as you enter.
The Sons of Union Veterans in St. Cloud exists to keep alive the memory of those, then,
mostly young people who fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves in the Civil War. St.
Cloud was founded by many of those veterans.
So please stop by or if you are at the library anyway make a point to look for this display, you
will really learn a lot.

ST. CLOUD SONS OF UNION VETERANS MEMBERS TIM ILIFF AND MICHAEL

URELL WITH THE RECENTLY INSTALLED EARLY HISTORY OF ST. CLOUD,

FLORIDA DISPLAY.




2018-2019 EVENTS

Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Out of State)
September 7-9, 2018
School Day program will be on Friday the 7th. The Heritage Park, Museum, Preserved 1850 RR Tunnel, the 1849 W&A RR Depot building are a tribute to YOUR work at the Battle of Tunnel Hill! Battles Saturday and Sunday. Military Ball planned for Saturday night for period participants with the award winning 5th Alabama Regimental Band Official Band of the Alabama Division of Reenactors, Inc. Conductor Harry Jackson Officiating. The period civilian camp will be adjacent to the sutler area. This will allow access when the previous areas have required us to move you all to the far side of the Battlefield due to wet ground in front of the Austin House.
http://www.battleoftunnelhill.com/
Location/Directions: 800 Hunt Road, Tunnel Hill, Georgia 30755

Occupation of Palatka, FL
September 28-29, 2018
The Eighth Annual “Occupation of Palatka” Civil War Living History event will be held in Palatka the last weekend of September, Sept. 28-29 (Friday and Saturday). The event will occur in front of the historic Bronson-Mulholland house in the north side historic district, adjacent to downtown Palatka. The event recalls the March 1864 occupation of Palatka by Union military forces, the activities of Union and Confederate military in the area, and how civilian folks lived here during the War Between the States. This is a Living History event, with camp and display set-ups and demonstrations. Friday, Sept. 28 is School Day, and attendance by local students is usually good. Saturday, Sept. 29 is general open-to-the-public day. The event runs 9 AM until 2 PM both days.
Location/Driving directions: The event is held on the lawn area in front of the Bronson-Mulholland house, 100 Madison Street, Palatka, FL. From Reid Street (US 17/SR100), turn north on First or Second Streets, the site is about 2 blocks up. Web site: http://palatka-fl.gov/239/Bronson-Mulholland-House.

MParrish Train Raid, FL
October 5-7, 2018
Sponsored by the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This is a small event with two short battles per day, one at 11:00 AM and one at 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Well, not really battles but attacks on the train as it passes. The train stops and is boarded by the Federals or Confederates and "captured" or the attackers are driven off by the soldiers on the train. There will be time to interact with the public both on and off the train if you like but first person impressions and scenarios on the train and after the train returns to the station must be approved by the event coordinator, Contact: For further information, contact Barry King at bjking75thohio@yahoo.com or call 352-817-1776.
Website: http://www.frrm.org/
Location/Driving directions: Florida Railroad Museum 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219 - Follow I-275 south until it hits I-75. Parrish is easy to find. From south Fla. take I-75 north to Ellenton like you are going to Gamble Plantation. Instead of turning to the west, turn east on Hwy 301 to the town of Parrish. From Lakeland, go south on Highway 37 (It dead ends in to Highway 62). Turn west or right on Highway 62 toward Parrish. When you hit Highway 301, turn right and immediate right into the Post Office. The train stop is right behind the Post Office. From Orlando, come Highway 17 south to just south of Bowling Green. Turn west on Highway 62 and take it all the way to 301. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.

Andersonville Historic Fair and Civil War Reenactment, GA (Out of State)
October 5-7, 2018
Join hundreds of re-enactors at the annual Andersonville Historic Fair on Oct 5-7, 2018 in the Civil War Village of Andersonville, Georgia as they set up camps and stage two realistic Civil War mock battles. Gates open at 10 am both days, with the battles taking place on Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm as history comes alive in Andersonville, Georgia. The Andersonville Historic Fair takes place on the first full weekend each October.
Contact: Call 229-924-2558 or info@andersonvillegeorgia.info
Website: https://www.facebook.com/andersonvillehistoricfair/ or https://www.andersonvillegeorgia.info/
Location/Directions: Civil War Village of Andersonville, 117 E. Church Street, Andersonville, GA, 31711


Raid on Otter Springs, FL
October 12-14, 2018
For Vets and the 7th Brigade Florida Division SCV would like to invite everyone out to the 2nd Annual Raid on Otter Springs. All Proceeds go to the For Vets organization to help them help our Veterans. Like last year, we will recreate all 3 parts of the raid on Station 4 starting Feb 9th ending on the 13th 1865. Two engagements on Saturday (Clay Landing and Levyville) with the Battle at Station 4 on Sunday. Chuck Munson (US) and Keith Kohl (CS) have been selected as the commanders. There is a 3-gun limit for artillery.Co-hosted by: 4th Brigade Union, 1st Brigade Provisional Army of Confederate States, and the Florida Division Washington Artillery.
Contact: For Sutler/Vendor information, contact Clement Lindsey (cwpyroman@gmail.com)
Location/Directions: 6470 SW 80th Ave Trenton, Florida 32693

The 34th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid, FL
November 2-4, 2018
An excellent event at an excellent location; 500 acres, with undeveloped land around Florida Greenway. Hosted by the 2nd Battalion, Hardy's Brigade. Plenty of room for authentic camps, sutlers, modern camping, and parking. Modern camping sites with hook ups available for rental. Stable/barn rentals available for horses. Numerous on site water taps. All usual amenities will continue to be provided (hay, firewood, etc.). Powder rations are provided to the first eight cannons pre-registered by October 15, 2018. Hay rations are provided to all horses pre-registered by October 15. Water, firewood, and port-a-lets are provided on site as are modern showers for participants. Modern camping with hookups are available. A limited number of modern camping sites with hookups are available; these are reserved by contacting the horse park office. Battle re-enactments will be each day. Ladies' Tea is planned for Saturday. 
Contact: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith Kohl at ltcol2ndbattalion@gmail.com or phone (352)-454-6089.
Location/Directions: Florida Horse Park, 11008 S. Highway 475 Ocala, Florida 34480. From I-75 take the Belleview/Dunnellon exit (near the Don Garlit’s Museum); go 2 miles east on Highway 484 to the intersection of 484 and Highway 475. Turn left onto 475 and go 1.5 to 2 miles; the site entrance is on the left.

Battle of Bowlegs Creek, FL
November 16-18, 2018
Information: Registration opens Thursday, November 15th at 8:00 AM. Friday will be the School day and Living History and will run from 9 AM to 1:00 PM (volunteers are needed). Friday, school day participants receive free lunch. There will be a Ladies Tea on Saturday, and a Saturday evening Military Ball with 7lbs of Bacon, and shuttles will be running all weekend. As of now, we are including a Naval Landing and skirmish on the Pease River. Campaigner camps for both armies are available. 
Contact: Priscilla Perry at the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce at fortmeadechamber@gmail.com. Website: On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1594030100885948/ 
www.battleofbowlegscreek.75thovi.net/


November 16-18, 2018
wjwingnut017@aol.combobgomillion@yahoo.com Wayne Sweat 813-778-1346. Museum: 352-567-0262 or curator@PioneerFloridaMuseum.org 
www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PioneerFloridaMuseum
Location: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, FL 33523. One-mile north of downtown Dade City, off US 301.

Battle at Yellow Pines, FL (New Event)
December 1-2, 2018
The Battle at Yellow Pines is being held at the Vero Beach Military History Expo at the Indian River County Fairgrounds. This is a 2 day event with a battle being held each day. Grounds open to the public: Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 9am. Contact: Contact info for questions or PRE-RSVP: Mike Strickland at info@patriotshows.com or 1-866-611-0442
WWW.MILITARYHISTORYEXPO.COM
Location/Direction: 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32967


Winter Muster of Ft. McAllister, GA (Out of State)
December 14-16, 2018
On December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. This event is listed as a Super Hardcore/Campaign Style event. Organizers ask that you contact Joe Blunt at mudcatsgt@earthlink.net if you have any questions about participation or acceptability of items. Or contact the park at 912-727-2339.
Location/Directions: Located at 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mcallister2011/

Brooksville Raid, Brooksville, FL
January 18-20, 2019
Hosted by the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc. and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. Your help is always appreciated on school day, Friday the 19th. Two battles (2:30 PM Sat. & 1:30 PM Sun.) A Children’s battle will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, Jan. 20th for re-enactor children only. The Ladies Tea will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday for ladies in period dress; Blue/Gray Ball Saturday night at 8:00 PM for all registered re-enactors in period dress; church service Sunday morning. Contact: All sutlers contact Bob Burnett at loafersglorysut@aol.com. Artillery contact Bob Gomillion at bobgomillion@yahoo.com.
http://www.brooksvilleraidreenactment.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brooksvilleraid
Location/Directions: 11210 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613. The Raid is held at the Sand Hill Boy Scout Camp on US Hwy 50. The battle is 10 miles West of Brooksville. The entrance is on Hwy 50. Take Hwy. 50 West. Go through Brooksville, keep going west about 10 miles, and look for the signs.

Battle at Townsend's Plantation (Renningers Market at Mt. Dora)
February 1-3, 2019
Sponsored by the law offices of Clay Townsend, Esq. and hosted by the 37th Alabama Co. H.. Spectator fee $5 adults and $2 children. Living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstrations, and authentic camps. The ladies tea will be hosted by the women of the 37th Ala. Co. H. Sun. church service, and sutlers. Usual amenities. Dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band Saturday at 8pm. Full scale artillery, cavalry, and soldiers in period dress and weaponry. Bounty paid for artillery. Battle 3 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
General Information: Clay Townsend - ctownsend@forthepeople.com Website: http://townsendfirm.com/plantation.htm
Location/Directions: 20651 U.S. Hwy 441, Mt. Dora FL, 32757. This event is north of Orlando on Hwy 441 just a couple of miles from Mt. Dora. As you start down the big hill, look for the Renningers flea market and battle sign on East side of road. If you are coming down the FL turnpike, get off at the new North Apopka exit #267A on the new 429 toll road then turn north on Hwy. 441 and follow the directions above.

Battle at Fort Taylor, FL – Living History
February 1-3, 2019
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Zachary-Taylor-Historic-State-Park/110194162344049
Location/Directions: 601 Howard England Way, Key West, Florida 33040 Take I-95 south all the way into the Keys. The fort is located at the very tip end of the Keys.

The Battle of Olustee, FL
February 15-17, 2019
Olustee Battlefield State Historic State Park, Sanderson, Florida. Help is always appreciated during Education Day, Friday, February 15. If you are participating in the school day programs, please arrive on Thursday as the front gate will be closed while students are present on Friday. The reenactment takes place on the actual site where the Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond) was fought. Best gathering of Civil War sutlers and welcome new sutlers. Friday is School Day. Battles Saturday and Sunday. Full scale artillery only. The Olustee Battle Festival Parade in downtown Lake City, FL will begin at 10:30 AM. Re-enactors are encouraged to participate. Buses will transport re-enactors to and from the parade grounds immediately after colors on Saturday and will be served breakfast. Due to concerns for public safety, NO pets will be allowed at the park during the reenactment weekend. This does not apply to horses. Get there early. The crowd gets big fast and parking is extremely limited. 
Contact the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site at (386) 758-0400 or email olusteecso@yahoo.com
http://battleofolustee.org/ or https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Olustee-Battlefield
Location/Direction: 5890 Battlefield Trail Road, Olustee, Florida 32087 The battlefield is located just fifteen miles east of Lake City on Hwy. 90 from I-75 and 50 miles west of Jacksonville. Take I-75 to Hwy. 90 exit. Go east on Hwy. 90. 

Skirmish at White House, also known as Battle of Dade City (Returning Event)
February 22-24, 2019
Living History, Civil War Reenactments will be held on Feb. 23-24, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. School Field Trip Day will be held on Friday, Feb 22, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Hosted by the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village (nonprofit organization) and the Friends of The 7 lbs. of Bacon Mess Band. Skirmishes will emerge from the village and battles will take place on Saturday and Sunday throughout the village. Traditional period craft demonstrations and living history opportunities for all ages will provide a unique atmosphere for this family friendly event. There will be a period dance on Saturday night with live music provided by 7 lbs. of Bacon. 
Contact: Everett Jones wjwingnut017@aol.com, Bob Gomillion bobgomillion@yahoo.com OR Wayne Sweat 813-778-1346
Museum: 352-567-0262 or curator@PioneerFloridaMuseum.org
www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PioneerFloridaMuseum
Location/Directions: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, FL 33523. One-mile north of downtown Dade City, off US 301

The 154th Anniversary and 42nd Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge, FL
March 1-3, 2019
Held on the original site of the battle at the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park. Registration begins on Friday with battle reenactments on both Saturday and Sunday. The Ladies Soldier's Friend Sewing Society will host civilian events including a Children's Tea and Ladies' Tea on Saturday. Military, medical, and living history demonstrations throughout the day including historic presentations by volunteers (2nd USCT) from the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture. Civil War dance at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, the Anna Jackson Chapter 224 United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will celebrate their annual pilgrimage to the site with a brief ceremony and the laying of a wreath honoring the original participants of the battle. Period merchants on site as well as food vending by the Tallahassee Elks Lodge. 
http://www.nbhscso.com or http://www.floridastateparks.org/naturalbridge/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Battle-of-Natural-Bridge/143539578994844
Location/Directions: 7502 Natural Bridge Road, Tallahassee, FL. 32305

Raid on Fort Pierce, FL
March 8-10, 2019
School day is on March 8th. Battles are at 1:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Ladies’ Tea is at 11:00am, Saturday, and a Grand Bon Fire Frolic will be held in the Confederate Camp at 7:30 Saturday evening. If you play a musical instrument, feel free to bring it to the Frolic. We need cavalry for school day, and artillery is welcome. The Ladies of the Order of Confederate Rose will be cooking dinner for school day participants on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and supper on Saturday evening. There will be a bounty for the first Union and Confederate artillery pieces registered. Contact: Sutlers and reenactor information contact Jim O’Dell at thejdawg569_2000@yahoo.com or 772-318-8258.
http://www.facebook.com/FTPierceRaid
Location/Directions: Savannah Recreational Area, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce, FL 34982. From I-95 exit #126 (Midway Road, SR712) go east about 5.5 miles to the Savannas Recreational Area. The park will be on the left (north) side of the road. PMap: https://goo.gl/maps/QtqTW

Battle at Narcoossee Mill, FL
March 22-24, 2019
Information: 26th annual Battle at Narcoossee Mill, sponsored by Jacob Summerlin Camp #1516, SCV. Education Day will be held on Friday the 22nd. Admission for students and chaperones: $5.00 per person, lunch included. Tours begin at 9:30 AM. School groups must pre-register. Park opens to spectators, Saturday and Sunday, at 9:30 AM. Ladies Tea at 10:00 AM Saturday. Period music prior to battles and at Barn Dance. Battles, both Saturday and Sunday, begin at 2:00 PM. Ample grandstand viewing of the battle. Authentic camps will be open to the public after 10:00 AM, then closed one hour prior to the battles until just after the battles. Saturday evening barn dance at 8:00 PM. Spectator admission: $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Children 5-12, Children under 5 free.
Education groups & presenters contact 
www.battleatnarcoosseemill.com/ed.htm or
battleatnarcoosseemill.com/reenact.htm or John Holmes at
kissimmeeholmes@aol.com or jacobsummerlin1516@gmail.com - Sutlers contact battleatnarcoosseemill.com/sut.htm or John Holmes at kissimmeeholmes@aol.com
or jacobsummerlin1516@gmail.com
Website: http://www.battleatnarcoosseemill.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/battleat.narcoosseemill
Location/Directions: 4700 Chisholm Park Trail, St. Cloud, Florida 34771

History by Candlelight at Gamble Mansion Historic State Park, FL
March 30, 2019
Come hear the history of Gamble Mansion from the 1840s to 1865 when Judah P. Benjamin left for England. Tours are from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, and tickets cost $8 per person.
Contact: For further information please contact Gail R. Jessee, President - Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, Inc. at cantiniere1@aol.com. Park number is (941) 723-4536
Location/Directions: Gamble Mansion Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL 34222

Camp Milton, FL – Living History
Dates: TBA April 2019
Hosted by the city of Jacksonville – JAXParks. C.S. & U.S. Soldiers are needed to participate. Confederate soldiers will camp and defend the reconstructed earthworks. The original three miles of works were ordered to be constructed in March of 1864. Federal soldiers will recreate the June 1864 attack on the works. Saturday skirmish will be at 2:00. Sunday skirmish is scheduled for 1:00. The Camp Milton Historic Preserve is located on the northern portion of the original battlefield. The civilian camp is located at the interpretive center, AKA “the barn.” Members of the Golden Teacup Society will portray the lives of civilians affected by the war in and around Jacksonville. 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/345104695572047/
Location/Directions: 1175 Halsema Road North, Jacksonville, FL

155th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta at Nash Farms, GA (Out of State)
April 12-14, 2019
Sponsored by the 30th GA, Co. E. Come and experience the battles. Saturday is a recreation of the second day of Jonesboro, and the desperate charge of Kilpatrick’s US Calvary as they attack Nash Farms and its defenders is Sunday. Enjoy the arts and crafts, vendors, authentic sutlers, demonstrations and competitions. Walk through the camps and back in time as you visit with our re-enactors as they recreate life during the Civil War. Battles are at 2:00 both Saturday and Sunday Come one, come all and enjoy a day of history! Event is open from Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-4!
Tim Knight at knight30thcoe@yahoo.com
Location/Directions: Located at Nash Farm Battlefield, 100 Babbs Mill Rd., Hampton, GA 30228

Federal Garrison of Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, FL
May 3-5, 2019
Contact: Contact Tom Criscuolo at buckeye75th@aol.com or Rob Pfluger at rpfluger@rollins.edu Civilian contact Trasey Pfluger thepflugers@aol.com
Visit the park’s official website here http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch
Location/Directions: 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Battle of Resaca, GA (Out of State)
May 17-19, 2019
Please help everyone have a great event by pre-registering. Registration prior to May 1st is $10. You can start arriving as early as noon on Thursday. Friday is School Day. Saturday has a Re-enactor blanket sale at the Social Fly. Ladies Tea at 11:30. Sunday church services and period baseball game. 11:30 sees a cavalry competition. Battle Reenactment at 2 on both days. Usual amenities will be available to all re-enactors.
Contact: The civilian coordinator is Dixon Grubbs at sawdusthead@bellsouth.net. Event Coordinator battleofresaca@gmail.com.
Website: http://www.georgiadivision.org/bor_reenactor_info.html
Location/Directions: (N34°36.8298, W084°56.5698) Chitwood Farms, Chitwood Rd NE, Resaca, GA 30735 - I-75/Exit 320. Drive east approximately 3/10 mile to US Hwy 41. Turn left, go north approximately 3 miles, then turn right onto Chitwood Rd.