Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Natural Bridge Battlefield closes due to flooding
The torrential rains that fell in the Tallahassee area over the weekend from Tropical Storm Fay are having an impact on one of Florida's most important Civil War sites.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced today that Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park has been temporarily closed due to flooding.
The park is located along the banks of the St. Marks River and was the scene of the last significant Southern victory of the Civil War. A force of Confederate regulars, reservists, cadets and home guards turned back a Union assault force here on March 6, 1865, preserving Tallahassee's status as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River not conquered by Federal troops. The battle also protected the infrastructure and economy of a large region of North Florida and South Georgia.
To learn more about the battle, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/nbindex.
The Tallahassee area received massive amounts of rain due to Tropical Storm Fay, with some areas reporting more than 20 inches as the system moved slowly across the region. That water is forcing the St. Marks and other area streams out of their banks and has led to the closing of the battlefield.
I'll let you know when the DEP announces its reopening.