The 33rd Annual Ocklawaha River Raid will be held on November 4 and 5, 2017, and is hosted by the 1st Brigade, PACS Inc. Civil War Re-enactor/Living History units. We are pleased to announce this event will again be held in cooperation with the Florida Horse Park and will take place on their grounds located at 11008 South Highway 475. The site is south of Ocala and west of Belleview. This Living History event commemorates the March 1865 Union army raid on area plantations and the resulting skirmish with local Southern troops that was the only battle of the Civil War to occur in Marion County. This years marks its 33rd annual event, making it one of the longest-running re-enactment/living history events in Florida.
Hundreds of Union, Confederate, and civilian re-enactors of all ages will gather at the site. The weekend will feature two battle re-enactments with infantry, artillery, and cavalry units in period uniforms using weaponry and battle tactics of the 1860s. Further there will be authentic military camps, civilian camp and homestead, period displays, demonstrations and vendors, food concessions, etc. Feel free to converse with the re-enactors many of whom are very knowledgeable about the time period and the role they portray. Bring the family, tour the camps, watch the battles, and enjoy a step back to a bygone day.