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Battle of Gainsville, Florida, October
Cpl. H. Groves, and Pvt. E. Groves participated in the 2016
Battle of Gainsville.
Parrish, Florida, October 1, 2016
Orderly Sgt. Ekardt, Cpl. H. Groves, Pvt. E. Groves, and
Pvt. Dakota participated in the fall 2016
Parrish Train Raid. This event centers around the
Florida Gulf Coast RR, where one side (Union or
Confederate) either rides the train where the other side
stops and attacks. Good
interaction with the passengers.
Palatka, Florida, September 23, 24, 2016
Marine Cpl. Harold Groves, Marine Pvt. Eugene Groves, and Seaman Rob Mattson participated in the 2016
Palatka event. This included a "school day" on
Friday and demonstrations on Saturday. Good
exposure with the media.
St. Andrews Salt Works Raid, Florida April 2, 3, 2016
"Marine Cpl. Harold Groves, Marine Pvt. Eugene
Groves, and Seaman Rob Mattson participated in the
2016 St. Andrews Bay Salt Works Raid event with the
Pawnee Marine Guard. St. Andrews Bay was the
epicenter of salt production in Florida during the
war, and the Union Navy conducted multiple landing
party raids to destroy the salt works and disrupt
salt production in Florida. Seaman Rob served as the
'narrator' for the event and spoke to the spectator
crowd before and during the action to give them the
background on salt works and salt works raids in
Florida and what was happening on the field."
Natural Bridge (North Florida) - March 5, 6, 2016
Seaman Rob Mattson represented the USS Ft. Henry at
the Natural Bridge Battle reenactment March 5-6,
2016. Rob fell in with the Pawnee Marine Guard. The
Battle of Natural Bridge was one of the last
engagements of the Civil War and both Union and
Confederate Navy landing parties participated in the
action. The USS Ft. Henry was one of the gunboats
that supported the landing of the Union Army troops
at the mouth of the St. Marks River."
Williston Raid (Florida) - March 14, 15, 2015
Brooksville Raid (Florida) - January 17, 18, 2015
Our crew at the Brooksville Raid. We joined
with the USS Pawnee on the field.
Jacksonville Marine Heritage Center (Florida) -
December 20, 2014
Our own Seaman Rob Mattson gave a presentation on
Dec. 20, 2014 at the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage
Center in downtown Jacksonville. Rob's presentation
covered the Naval Civil War in Florida, based on his
recently published book, "The Civil War Navy in
Florida." Rob also wore his "winter blues"
sailor uniform and brought some weapons and tools
used by seamen in the Civil War of which he
addressed visitiors questions.
Fort De Soto - Battle of Ballast Point - February 2014
The original battle took place about 25
miles east of this location. Backing up to Tampa
Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, this location is an ideal
location to substitute for the developed original place.
Winfield Scott Whitehurst is portrayed by David, age 11
(in photo 2). "WS" was taken into the US Navy on
Mullet Key (next island about 3 miles away) in 1862
after his father was shot by the "Confederat Miranda
Crystal River Boat Bash - April 2012
This is not a Civil War event but one that is about modern and
past boating in the Crystal River. Dave and Chief represented
the USS Fort Henry at this event. Of significance is
the construction of the USS Wartoppo (photo, lower left),
a sailing craft used by the US Navy in the area during the Civil
Mariners' Museum (VA) - March 10-11, 2012
Rob and Lew participated at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle
of the Ironclads (Monitor and Virginia) at the Mariners' Museum's
Monitor Center. Rob portrayed a sailor and was stationed in
the lobby where he was able to greet many visitors. Lew
portrayed Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles.
Crystal River Raid (Nature Coast Raid)
- March 10-11, 2012
Three of our marines fell in with
the 14th Brooklyn NYVI. They were the only ones who
"made it ashore" to battle with the Confederates.
Photo courtesy Lester Studios.