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Near Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Natural Bridge
March 6, 1865
 
Battle of Natural Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
1. Battle of Natural Bridge Marker
 
Inscription. Site of decisive repulse of Federal forces by Confederate Militia in joint U.S. Army and Navy Operation to take St. Marks.

The Army landing at lighthouse was prevented from getting to rear of St. Marks by Confederate opposition at Newport and Natural Bridge. The Federal Flotilla ran aground during ascent of River; it did not reach St. Marks. Their next objective would have been Tallahassee.

Federal (number) 893*, (killed) 21, (wounded) 89, (missing) 148.

Confederate (number) 595, (killed) 3, (wounded) 23, (missing) 0

Commanders
Brig. Gen. William Miller - Confederate
Commander R. W. Shufeldt - U.S. Navy
Brig. Gen. John Newton - U.S. Army

* Of whom 500 were reported to have been at Natural Bridge.
 
Erected by Florida Board of Parks and Historical Memorials.
 
Location. 30° 17.081′ N, 84° 9.145′ W. Marker is near Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on Natural Bridge Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7502 Natural Bridge Road, Tallahassee FL 32305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Leon (approx. 9.5 miles away); San Marcos De Apalache (approx. 9.8 miles away); Fort St. Marks Military Cemetery (approx. 9.8 miles away); a different marker also named San Marcos De Apalache (approx. 9.9 miles away); The "Luraville Locomotive" (approx. 11.5 miles away); The Union Bank of Florida (approx. 13.1 miles away); Capt. John Parkhill (approx. 13.1 miles away); Leon County Civil War Monument (approx. 13.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Back of Marker - Map of the Campaign Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
2. Back of Marker - Map of the Campaign
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Natural Bridge. The battlefield was named one of the most endangered battlefields of 2008 by Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Natural Bridge State Historic Park. Florida park web site. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Photos of the Battlefield. Exploring Florida entry for the site with additional photos of the battlefield. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Battle of Natural Bridge. Wikipedia entry with additional details of the battle. Note the Federal troops engaged in this action were U.S. Colored Troops. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

5. Commander Robert Wilson Shufeldt. Mentioned on the marker, Shufeldt commanded the Eastern Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

6. Saving the Natural Bridge Battlefield. Civil War Preservation Trust site explaing the current state of the battlefield and ongoing (2009) efforts to preserve the site. (Submitted on April 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Colored Troops; USCT;
 
Help Preserve Natural Bridge image, Click for more information
3. Help Preserve Natural Bridge
 
 
Battle of Natural Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Duane Hall, April 2, 2010
4. Battle of Natural Bridge Marker
Next to Confederate memorial
for the "Defenders of Natural Bridge"
 
 
Confederate Fieldworks<br>at Battle of Natural Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Duane Hall, April 2, 2010
5. Confederate Fieldworks
at Battle of Natural Bridge
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,881 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 28, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on January 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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