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Dade Battle Reenactment January 2010

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This weekend we had the 25th annual Dade Battle reenactment. It is usually held on the date closest to the actual battle date of December 28th, unless that weekend is too close to Christmas, which is what happened this year. For those of you confused and think this was the 24th, well count the first year as the first, so this would be the 25th annual battle reenactment.

The first battle reenactment was held in 1985 and was the 150th anniversary of the battle, so this next year will be the 175th anniversary of the battle.

I was at the 1985 reenactment in the audience, and was hooked after that. So now I am reflecting on the past 25 years of doing this. One of the greatest things that I saw was that those young men from 1985 now have their own children dressed out and participating in the event. Jimmy Sawgrass was not much older than his son Cody in 1985. (I’ve known Jimmy for 31 years.) Cody’s friends were there with a camp this past weekend. David Mott was a scout in 1985, and now has his two scout sons and their friends at the battle. So it gave me a really nice feeling to see the sons and daughters of those who started this out 25 years ago.

A lot of people don’t know this, but there are only three full-time employees with Dade Battlefield. And a part-time administrative specialist who keeps track of some of the paperwork. Two of these full-time employees were hospitalized the past couple weeks. So only one ranger was left in the park. If it was not for the volunteer support group, there would have been no reenactment.

A lot of our friends have already posted photos on facebook, so check them out. I am terrible at taking photos during events, and never have many to share.

Here I am visiting the 7th Infantry:



Marcella admires Pedro's new outfit.



One of our former warriors wanders into camp, having changed sides.



He is quickly captured.



Craig the Shell Carver wears a new coat that I made for him. I don't have many photos of my coats actually being worn.



Preparing to attack the soldiers.



We had a great contingent of Black Seminole horsemen.

Current Location:
the hammock
Current Mood:
awake awake
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On January 5th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Chris- Yes, the first BATTLE reenactment was 1985. But the Park hosted "militia" style black powder demonstrations for years before that. There were no more than 6 or 8 participants back then, and Swamp Owl was one of them. There were also one or two Seminole ladies with their table of souvenirs, too. I wish I could put my finger on just when that got started. - Rick O.
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On January 5th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Way back when
Chris- Yes, the first BATTLE reenactment was 1985. But the Park hosted "militia" style black powder demonstrations for years before that. There were no more than 6 or 8 participants back then, and Swamp Owl was one of them. There were also one or two Seminole ladies with their table of souvenirs, too. I wish I could put my finger on just when that got started. - Rick O.
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On January 6th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC), seminolewar replied:
Re: Way back when
Rick, I think they had the commemorative things for five years before the big one in 1985.
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