Civil War Reenactment - The Battle of Dade City
Dade City, Florida - Sept. 4, 2005
57 photos, 1 panoramic by Wes Mayhle of AZITWES
Battle of Dade City
-written in 2005 by wes mayhle-
The Battle of Dade City is a Civil War Reenactment. It was held at the 31st annual "Pioneer Days Festival" on the grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. The Museum and Village is located just north of Dade City, Florida. The festival has lots of history demonstrations and exhibits. I saw a wonderful collection of horse drawn buggy's, a working blacksmith, medical and dental displays, collections of Indian artifacts, quilts, and more. Also, 8 historical buildings from surrounding Pasco County communities have been relocated to the museum grounds. A 1930's era schoolhouse, a church built in 1903, a small shoe repair shop from the 1930's, and a citrus packing house built in the 1900's were my favorites. In the small church I played a little from an old hymnal that was sitting on the old upright piano. There was music, lots of food and many sutlers (concessions).
Well over 100 reenactors were present at this event which is the season opener in Florida. I counted 4 Union cavalry and a cannon on each side present. The Rebels sent out skirmishers from the 69th N. Carolina towards the Union camp up on a hill. It wasn't long before they were retreating from a larger Union force. After backing all the way across the field it was apparent the Union had some number of troops, cavalry and a cannon to fire as well. The Confederates had quite a force of their own, and they came to fight. The Confederates fought their way all the way back across the field forcing the Union back up the hill and it looked like a Rebel win. But they were hampered by the lack of artillery support. It seems the supply of cannon primers had gotten captured. The Rebels made 2 valiant charges at the Union camp. Union flankers came out and spoilt the charges while their cannon blazed away. After losing too many boys on the hill the Confederates broke ranks and fled the field. The Union advanced clear across the field capturing arms, dropped supplies and the CSA Marines' cannon. The heat of the day cut any chance of further action. The Union won the day. I'm sure the Confederates beat them the next day but I had the news of the battle to deliver so I skeedaddled.
Go to our US Civil War page to learn more about the war.