Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Spring Travel Part Sixteen: Natural Bridge Battlefield, Florida
The South is dotted with Civil War battlefields, each important and unique in its own right.
One of the more interesting to me, though, can be found at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park in Florida.
Located just south of Tallahassee, the battlefield preserves the scene where on March 6, 1865, a hastily assembled force of Southern men and boys held back a Union invasion force. The Battle of Natural Bridge preserved Tallahassee's status as the only Southern capital east of the Mississippi River not taken by Union troops during the Civil War. Many consider the engagement to have been the last significant Confederate victory of the war.
The battle was unique from many perspectives. All of the Union infantry on the ground at Natural Bridge came from African American regiments, while the Confederate defenders included the corps of cadets from what is now Florida State University.
To learn more about the Battle of Natural Bridge and see other historic sites in the area, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/nbindex.