Battle of Bowlegs Creek News

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May 23 ·

THE LINE HAS BEEN DRAWN IN THE SAND !!!
Col. Chuck Munson VS. Col. James Permane

BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK November 18th 19th and 20th: 2016

Greetings All: I just what to remind everyone to get registered, especially the ARTILLERY Pieces and CAVALRY to be able to take advantage of the bounty’s. We are busy making all the arrangements for the event, and this should be a wonderful reenactment. We will be holding two seperate events….Civil war and Seminole war. We will be building a Seminole Village and Logged Fort at the front portion of the event, and Seminole battles will take place between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon both days. The civil war camps are located at the back of the property and the battles will take place at 2:30 PM both days. The event is located on the Peace River and there will be a civil war Naval landing and skirmish on the river at 12:00 PM both days. We have made special camp arrangements for all campaigners..(contact Hal Meritt).

We will have sutlers and food venders on site as well as firewood and ice. Each camp will have a water buffalo and we will be running shuttle serviced all weekend. There will be a Period Ball on Saturday Evening at the covered Pavilion, with #7 pounds of Bacon providing the music.

We will have ample modern camping for tents , campers and motor- homes.


May 6 ·

BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK:
November 18th, 19th and 20th, 2016.

Seperate confederate camp….seperate union camp….CAMPAIGN FRIENDLY EVENT!!! Seperate camps for campaigners.. Campaigner Camp Coordinator is Hal Merritt. Contact Hal to reserve your spot. Hal will be picking the location of your camp so he will need a fairly accurate count of campaigners. Hal will be coordinator for both union and confederate campaigners. For more information contact Hal Merrit or me at Hdqs75thovi@aol.com


May 4 ·

BATTLE 0F BOWLEGS CREEK: November 18th, 19th and 20th, 2916. Hosted by the 75th OVI…..Shuttles running all weekend to move folks around; 6 Artillery pieces already registered: Music playing during the day at various locations around the park; Saturday Night Ball…Music by “#7 lbs. of Bacon” : Plently of firewood, Ice, and water. For more info please contact me at Hdqs75thovi@aol.com.


May 4 ·

BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK; Nov. 18th, 19th and 20th, 2016

THE UNION FORCE

Residents of the Fort Meade area began to seek refuge in Union-occupied Fort Myers. These new recruits would later form Captain Henry A. Crane’s (Union Army) Second Florida Calvary. The Union presence in Southwest Florida would soon reach Confederate Captain James McKay, who would find out about Crane’s intentions to destroy the Confederacy’s cattle supply efforts with help from Confederate traitors and Union sympathizers escaping the Confederate draft.
On February 22 1864, Fort Meade residents William McCullough, William McClenithan, and State House representative James D Green arrived at Fort Myers. The men informed Union officer Captain Henry A. Crane of the Confederate’s “great loss of provisions” and their desperate need of cattle and supplies at Fort Meade. Capt. Crane appointed William McCullough and James Green as lieutenants and on March 13, 1864, Captain Henry A. Crane dispatched thirty troops under Green to seize the Confederate supplies and gather recruits at Fort Meade. By March 20th, Green’s detachment had increased and marched for Willoughby Tillis’ homestead south of Fort Meade, confiscating, horses, mules, and slaves. Green’s detachment moved on to Confederate Thomas Underhill’s home killing him with two shots. Green’s troops seized corn, meat, contraband (slaves), and firearms before returning to Fort Myers.
Captain Henry A. Crane, pleased with Green’s results, order the men back to Fort Meade on April 7th, 1864, to capture (or kill if necessary) Confederates Willoughby Tillis, James Lanier, Francis A. Hendry, Jacob Summerlin, F.C.M. Boggess, John R. Durrance, Henry Seward, Streaty Parker, and to secure supplies, horses and contraband.

The Second Florida Calvary (Union) made it just fifteen miles from Fort Meade, when they were spotted by Confederate pickets. Confederate James McKay Jr., (Capt. James McKay’s son) was in charge of the battalion at Fort Meade, retrieved his forces and halted Union advancement at Bowlegs Creek.


May 4 ·

BATTLE 0F BOWLEGS CREEK: November 18th, 19th and 20th, 2916. Hosted by the 75th OVI…..Shuttles running all weekend to move folks around; 6 Artillery pieces already registered: Music playing during the day at various locations around the park; Saturday Night Ball…Music by “#7 lbs. of Bacon” : Plently of firewood, Ice, and water. For more info please contact me at Hdqs75thovi@aol.com.


May 3 ·

BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK: November 18th. 19th & 20th, 2016. building a Seminole Village; Log stockage Fort; Tillis Farm house, attacked by Seminoles June 1856. Contact me at Hdqs75thovi@aol.com


March 22, 2016

From Dwight Dovel: Greetings: I attended a meeting today to reschedule the Bowlegs/ Seminole war event in Fort Meade Fl..
The new date for this event will be November 18th, 19th and 20th, 2016. This will be the weekend before Thanksgiving. We will still build the Seminole Village, the Tillis Home site, and a Stockade fort front. We will also be conducting a muzzle loader Turkey Shoot with the winners to receive gift certificates or frozen turkey, which ever you prefer. We also would like to hold a” shoot off” to win a Black Power Pistol.
Please mark your calendar to attend the great event.


March 17, 2016

From Dwight Dovel: ATTENTION: ATTENTION: ATTENTION:
THE BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK EVENT, APRIL 22ND, 23RD, 24TH HAS BEEN
CANCELLED!!!!!!
EVENT SPONSORS HAVE DECIEDED TO NOT HOLD THE EVENT THIS YEAR AS PLANNED. IT WILL BE HELD NEXT YEAR, AND I WILL NOTIFY YOU AS THE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. WE APOLIGIZE FOR AN INCONVIENEINCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED


October 31, 2015

BATTLE OF BOWLEGS CREEK APRIL 22nd 23rd & 24th::

From Dwight Dovel

Greetings All: We’re getting close to the Bowlegs reenactment and just what to remind everyone to get registered, especially the ARTILLERY Pieces and CAVALRY to be able to take advantage of the bounty’s. We are busy making all the arrangements for the event, and this should be a wonderful experience. We will be holding two seperate events….Civil war and Seminole war. The Seminole Village and Logged Fort will be at the front portion of the event, and Seminole battles will take place between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon both days. The civil war camps are located at the back of the property and the battles will take place at 2:00 PM both days. The event is located on the Peace River and there will be a civil war Naval landing and skirmish on the river at 12:00 PM both days. We will have sutlers and food venders on site as well as firewood and ice. Each camp will have a water buffalo and we will be running shuttle serviced all weekend. There will be a Period Ball on Saturday Evening at the covered Pavilion, and we will have ample modern camping for tents , campers and motor- homes.
The Event is sponsored by the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Meade Historical Society and Museum and is being hosted by the 75th Ohio Vol. Infantry Regt.
Overall Event commander is Col. Dwight Dovel. The Federal Infantry Commander will be Col. Chuck Munson of the 4th Brigade. The Confederate Commander will be Col. Keith Van Leuven of the 7th Florida and the Seminole Indian Chief will be Hawkwood Kenny.
REGISTRATION: All reenactors and vendors are to please contact Dwight Dovel by email at Hdqs75thovi@aol.com or PM me here on Facebook. Additional reenactor contacts are: Hawkwood Kenny-for Seminole Indians; Sgt. David Ekardt-Federal Navy; Keith Van Leuven-Confederate Camp. Hal Merritt-Seminole soldier camp. Thank you for your attention and I look forward to a fantastic event.