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Hundreds Enjoy Sights and Sounds of 38th Annual Brooksville Raid, Civil War Reenactment

BROOKSVILLE – Between April 1861 and May 1865 the Civil War claimed almost as many lives as all other American Wars combined. In all, an estimated 620,000 men and women died as a result of combat, accidents, starvation, and disease.  

There were at least five significant battles and several smaller skirmishes fought in Florida during the war. In July of 1864, a battle between Confederate and Union Soldiers took place in Hernando County and every year hundreds gather at the Sand Hill Boy Scout Reservation on Cortez Blvd to watch a live reenactment. This year, over 1500 reenactors and 50 Sutlers (merchants) dressed in authentic period uniforms and clothing to give attendees the feeling of stepping over 150 years back in time.

The rumble of cannon and musket blasts could be heard for miles around, rattling the nerves of some residents who had no idea the battle was taking place.Attendees enjoyed kettle corn, old time root beer, fry bread and Civil War souvenirs.

This weekend’s event marked the 38th Annual Brooksville Raid to be held in Hernando County.

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  • Been there before… Cool reenactment, scary how many people there are either racist or do not understand their own history.

    Morons don’t understand the CSA was against states rights, was only for state’s rights around the issue of slavery.

    The secession documents, the abolitionist movement, the Crittenden compromise, all make it very clear the war was fought by the CSA to preserve and expand slavery (in their words).

    Yeah we know lincoln just fought to keep the union together and all that, that the border slave states that didn’t join the CSA kept their slaves.

    Doesn’t change the fact that flying a “confederate” flag (not The flag, but the flag chosen by the kkk and other hate groups) I’m sure feels good to most of our black fellow citizens.

    Glorifying and spinning a war to preserve and expand slavery, just SAD.

    Monday, 22 January 2018, 9:51 am
  • The good guys never win these. Blue bellies always win.

    Monday, 22 January 2018, 8:17 am
  • Confederate Lives Matter

    Sunday, 21 January 2018, 10:15 pm
    • Yankee lives matter

      Monday, 22 January 2018, 11:49 am
  • Down with Lincoln – let the good guys win for a change !!

    Sunday, 21 January 2018, 6:39 pm
  • Who won this year?

    Sunday, 21 January 2018, 6:31 pm
    • The Russians….

      Sunday, 21 January 2018, 6:50 pm
      • The Patriots, again.

        Monday, 22 January 2018, 5:23 am

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