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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