|Civil War Club members learn about the Battle of Marianna|
In addition to learning about the tactics of the battle and visiting key spots including Ely Corner, the ambush site and historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the group also had a rare opportunity to see the inside of Marianna's beautiful Ely-Criglar House.
|Ely-Criglar House in Marianna|
|Parlor of the Ely-Criglar House|
Contrary to its appearance, the Ely-Criglar House was not a "plantation house." It was a town home for the prosperous Ely family of Marianna.
On September 27,1864, the Battle of Marianna erupted literally right in front of the house when Federal troops attacked Confederate cavalry positioned in the main street of Marianna.
|Bullet Hole in the wall of the Ely-Criglar House|
Members of The Villages Civil War Club were able to see not just the exterior of the house, but also get a peak of its interior. They learned about its history and architecture, including the fact that each side of the square columns on the front of the house is made from a single plank of old growth cypress.
The group also learned about the tactics of the Battle of Marianna and toured both the interior of historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the grounds, where heavy fighting took place during the battle. They were shown battle-scarred tombstones and a Bible that survived the burning of the church during the fighting.
The tours are available for free and if you are interested in learning more or scheduling one, you can contact me at http://www.twoeggfla.com/contact.
You can read more about the Battle of Marianna at www.battleofmarianna.com or by ordering a copy of my book: The Battle of Marianna, Florida: Expanded Edition ($17.95). It is also available as an instant download for Kindle users: The Battle of Marianna, Florida (Kindle $9.95).