Brooksville Raid
Sand Hill Scout Reservation, Brooksville, Florida
3rd weekend in January
Founded in 1981
The Brooksville Raid is a reenactment of an 1864 Civil War battle where union troops landed at Bayport with four ships and marched inland to destroy Confederate supply and communication lines to the north. This is Florida's largest Civil War reenactment with over 1,500 reenactors and their families.

This dramatic living history event is conducted over the course of two days. It creates an historically accurate battlefield and encampment where attendees will feel as if they've stepped back in time. Soldiers, hospital workers, sutlers, artillery and equestrian workers camp, cook, dress and behave as if it's 1864. Suttlers were people who followed the army and sold provisions to the troops. And the Brooksville Raid recreates a Suttler's Row where attendees can browse for wares such as period costumes, flags, and various authentic foods served during the Civil War. The Hernando Historical Museum also has a booth where books and other memorabilia may be purchased.

Both the Union and Confederate troops have camps set up where they stay for the weekend event, and period costume and behavior is strictly enforced among the reenactors. Visitors may walk freely amongst the camps to see how they lived and what it was like during the Civil War.

Be sure to click the links below to obtain the schedule for the event, which will include opening of the camps, presentation of colors, a ladies tea, artillery demonstrations, band music, and the raid reenactments.

An admission fee is charge for entry into the event, with children and Scouts in uniform receiving a discount.
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Note: The dates of annual events and festivals are subject to change from year to year. Before planning your trip, be sure to check the links above for the actual dates, times, and schedule of activities.