Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida

The following 2004 photos/narratives courtesy of Dale Cox, AR
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This is the sign at the entrance to Natural Bridge State Historic Site, scene of the Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida. The Confederate victory here on March 6, 1865, preserved Tallahassee's status as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not taken by Union troops. The park is located just south of Tallahassee near the small town of Woodville, Florida


Enlarge This is the state marker on the Natural Bridge Battlefield. In the background can be seen the hastily-erected breastwork thrown up by the 1st Florida Reserves at the beginning of the battle


Enlarge This is the primary Southern monument on the Natural Bridge battlefield. It memorializes the Confederate defenders and dominates the battlefield today. The monument faces the center of the Confederate line, where a company of cadets (school children) from the West Florida Seminary (today's Florida State University) were placed in the trenches. They held the left center of the Confederate line in the face of repeated Federal charges. They are memorialized today on the banner of the ROTC corps at FSU


This is another view of the primary monument on the Natural Bridge battlefield. This view was taken from about the point where Brig. Gen. William Miller was positioned during the battle. Miller was the primary Confederate commander on the ground, while Major General Samuel Jones deployed troops forward to the firing line. Many years after the war, Miller claimed that after winning the Battle of Natural Bridge he waited and waited for General U.S. Grant to come fight him. "I'm still waiting," he told one writer

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