Battle of Marianna, Florida
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N 30° 46.533 W 085° 13.906
16R E 669213 N 3406063
Quick Description: A weathered historial sign in Marianna, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/10/2009 1:55:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM5HR0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member StressMaster
Views: 22

Long Description:
Copied from the sign:

"Site of the Battle of Mariana
Here at high noon on September 27, 1864 a Federal raiding force of 900 men under Brigardier-General Alexander Asboth fought a Confederate home guard of 95 old men and boys under Captain jesse J Norwood. Entering Marianna from the West, the main body of Federals encountered unexpected resistance at Elys Corner, fell back, rallied and charged, driving the home guard back to this churchyard, flanked by other Federals moving in from North of the church. The defenders engaged the invaders in fiece combat. By Federal order, St. Luke's Episcopal Church was destroyed beyond recognition. The West Florida News reported total Confenderate losses of 8 killed, 16 wounded, 54 captured and estimaged Federal losses of 15 killed, 40 wounded. Placed by the William Henry Milton Chapter No 1039. United Daughters of the Confederacy 1961."

Copied from the official State Markers website:
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Title: BATTLE OF MARIANNA
Location:U.S.90(E. Lafayette) & S.R.167(S. Jefferson) at Co
County: Jackson
City: Marianna
Description: On September 27, 1864, Gen Asboth's force of 700 Federal calvary from Pensacola arrived in the Marianna area to forage and secure Negro recruits. Confederate forces of a few hundred home guardsmen barricaded the streets of Marianna and withstood the first assault but Confederate casualties were 26, Federal about 55. Marianna was spared, but St. Luke's Church, situated in the middle of the battle, was burned.
Marker Number: 1

Date: 1961

County: Jackson

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: the William Henry Milton Chapter No 1039. United Daughters of the Confederacy

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