By JEFFREY POWELL
Both Federal and Confederate troops occupied the grounds of Eden Gardens State Park for a two-day encampment and skirmish demonstration on Jan. 24 and 25. Members of the 1st Florida Infantry Regiment and 7th Vermont Infantry Regiment were joined by the North Florida Artillery from Tallahassee for the event. The two-day encampment demonstrated how Civil War soldiers, as well as civilians of the period, lived through the difficult times of a war-torn nation.
Visitors to the weekend event were able to see the soldiers discharge a 3-inch ordinance rifle (cannon), attend a ladies’ tea and witness a small skirmish. There was also a United States/Confederate States flag presentation and medical demonstration. The festivities were sponsored by the park service and supported by The Friends of Eden.
“We are thrilled to have this group of re-enactors at Eden Gardens State Park,” said Friends of Eden Chairman of Special Events Maryjo Morris. “Their knowledge of the period is outstanding and we are particularly happy with the public turnout.”
The weekend event was the 16th annual for the park and plans are already underway for next year’s festivities.
“I am totally overwhelmed by the public’s response, the Eden staff and my fellow participants” said re-enactor Jim Busby. “I hope I am able to attend next year’s event.”
For more information concerning area re-enactors see www.waltonguards.org.
Friends of Eden information can be seen at www.friendsofedengardens.org.