St. Augustine has been the backdrop of many riveting historical moments; none the least are the Second Seminole War. On August 15, 2015, more than fifty re-enactors will once again parade through the city to commemorate the end of the conflict. The estimated cost of the Second Seminole War was $40,000,000, but the real cost was in human lives. Over 40,000 Americans served in the war, and 1500 soldiers and many civilians lost their lives. The number of Seminole lives lost is not known, but there were significant losses on both sides of the long and expensive war.
If you happen to be in the area or plan to attend, it all begins at St. Francis Barracks located at 82 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Just as in the original procession, various military officers, soldiers and musicians will escort the fallen from the battlefield to the St. Francis Barracks.
The re-enactment begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade begins to assemble at 10 a.m. Following cannon fire at 10:30 a.m., the re-enactors will march from the barracks to the St. Augustine National Cemetery where the fallen were interred. Directly following the parade, visitors are welcome to attend a reception in honor of the re-enactors. The reception is sponsored by the Florida National Guard Officers Club. If you would like more information about the Seminole War Reenactment, please contact Joe Naftzinger at 904-940-0932 or Greg Moore at 904-823-0696. The West Point Society of North Florida, the Dade Battlefield Society, the Seminole War foundation and the 450th Military Commemoration Committee have organized this event. It is also supported by the Veterans Council of St. John’s County.
If you have a hankering to step back in time, you must attend this exciting event. Make plans to stay in St. Augustine and enjoy every minute of it! Contact Vacation Rental Pros and book a cozy rental for the weekend. Let the getaway gurus help you plan the perfect trip.