Florida MO battles 1861 & 1862

JCT U and 107

Site of 2 civil war battles and home of Mark Twain

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Florida MO Historic Site

Photo taken by kjfishman in July 2011

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There were two Civil War battles in Florida MO. The battle site is now part of Mark Twain Birthplace State Park. They hold a reenactment every year in July.

The first was July 8, 1861. A group of Union soldiers discovered a Confederate camp and mounted a surprise attack on the camp. The Confederate soldiers were dispersed. (visit link)

July 22, 1862 in Florida, Missouri - On July 22, Col. Joseph C. Porter and his band of Confederate raiders entered the town of Florida in the morning. Florida was currently being occupied by a 50-man detachment from the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. The Confederates attacked the Union cavalry and a brisk skirmish ensued. After an hour of fighting, the Union cavalry was forces from the town and headed to Paris with about 26 killed and wounded.

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  • January 6, 2020: New photos from kjfishman
  • January 6, 2020: Added by kjfishman

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