The Brooksville Raid was not a civil war battle but a skirmish, which had no clear winner. Perhaps that’s why the reenactment weekends are structured by coin toss as to which side wins. And the other side wins the next day. A very civilized way to do things I suppose. The gates open at 9 AM and the battle doesn’t happen until 2:30, so there is a lot of time to wander in the encampments where the reenactors spend the weekend, not just reenacting the battle but reliving life in the camps also. They wander through the crowds in their costumes, the troops practice their drills, and it does help you to imagine what life would have been like for those poor soldiers. Maybe not so poor on a gorgeous, sunny Florida day, but that wasn’t always the case now was it?
Sarsaparilla, I hadn’t had it before. Choose your bottle and fill it for $5, and refills are $2!