In the early morning hours of June 26, 1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s part in the War of Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around them. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.
On June 21-22, 2014, Florida Living History, Inc., along with Fort Mose Historic State Park (FloridaStateParks.org/FortMose), and the Fort Mose Historical Society (FortMose.org), will host the fourth, annual “Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration". The "Battle of Bloody Mose" historical re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park. White, black, and Native American re-enactors and volunteers from across the state and the Southeast – including the Fort Mose Militia and living-historians from Fort Loudon State Park in Tennessee (FortLoudoun.com) – will present heritage interpretations and demonstrations:Admission to this heritage Event is free of charge to the public. There is a Museum admission fee of $2.00 per person (children under 5 are free).
The U.S. National Park Service and The Organization of American Historians have named the “Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration" as a Member Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The annual “Battle of Bloody Mose” heritage Event is sponsored by Florida Living History, Inc., by Fort Mose Historic State Park, and by The Fort Mose Historical Society, with the support of volunteers from the Fort Mose Militia and other historical re-enactment groups. Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council (FloridaHumanities.org), the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the ongoing generosity of NTE Solutions (NteSolutions.com).
For more information on the “Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration", please contact: Tonya Creamer / Fort Mose State Historic Park - email@example.com or Dr. Richard Shortlidge / Florida Living History, Inc. - firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1-887-FLA-HIST [1-877-352-4478]
Date and Time:
10:00am - 3:00pm June 21, 2014 - June 22, 2014
VenueFort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084