St Augustine’s Fort Mose will host the Sixth Annual Battle of Bloody Mose this weekend!
Now expanded to a two-day event (Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st), the award-winning 275th-anniversary Battle of Bloody Mose historical re-enactment will take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park (15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32084). Multi-cultural re-enactors and volunteers from across Florida and the Southeast will participate in this heritage event, presenting living-history demonstrations and interpretations.
10AM: The Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration 2015 begins. Join us in stepping back in time to June 25, 1740 in the British-occupied Fort Mose and Spanish San Agustín, the day before the fateful battle. Spanish and British soldiers, militia, and auxiliaries will fire a musket and cannon volley to open the event each day. The Color Guard will be presented each morning by United States Armed Forces Veterans from the American Legion Post 194.
11AM: Re-enactment of the “Battle of Bloody Mose” by Spanish and British troops, as well as Native American auxiliaries.
Following the battle re-enactment, living-historians will answer visitors’ questions about this significant episode in Florida’s and America’s history and pose for photographs. Lunch and refreshments may be purchased on-site from food vendors.
2PM: Watch Theater with a Mission, a member unit of Florida Living History from Tallahassee, Florida, perform an excerpt from a period Spanish play “El Muerto” or “Better Wed than Dead” by Bernardo de Quirs,1658.
Meet and talk with 18th-century living-historians throughout the Event. Period artillery demonstrations will take place regularly during the historical re-enactment and demonstrations of colonial Florida crafts will take place. Authentic 18th century sutlers will be present for your shopping pleasure.
Fort Mose is currently operated by the State Park Service. The historic landmark is the first freed African American settlement in the continental United States. Be sure to read more about the history of the Fort here – https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-history/Fort-Mose
Additional Information Regarding Parking and Transportation:
PARKING: Parking at Fort Mose Historic State Park is limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the free parking at the Old Jail (167 San Marco Ave.) and travel to and from the park via the free shuttle service provided by Old Town Trolley Tours of St Augustine.