Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Battle Of Ballast Point - A Civil War Reenactment

Today we got out of the house for a little while and ventured down to Fort Desoto Park for the 10th annual reenactment of The Battle Of Ballast Point. Very cool, this was my first time ever going to a reenactment. I enjoyed myself a lot. While I was there I took 244 photographs and I had a hard time choosing which ones to share with you. It was quite the day, wandering through the camp, watching a trial and execution, and then the main event the battle. The folks that took part in this event deserve a huge round of applause, they did a fantastic job. The guns and cannons sounded so real it was, I would imagine, just like being there.
A brief History on the Battle:
The Battle of Ballast Point took place in Tampa, Florida on October 18, 1863. A Union raiding party, landed at the current intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, under the protracted diversionary bombardment of the city of Tampa and Fort Brooke by two ships, one the Tahoma" and the other, to be named. The Union divisions marched up the Hillsborough River to what is now Lowry Park and burned two notorious blockade running ships, the Scottish Chieftain, and the Kate Dale, owned by the future mayor of Tampa, James McKay. Escaping capture by mere minutes, with members of his crew in tow, James McKay sped to the city of Tampa and warned all of the landing party and the fate of his ships.
After burning the ships, the Confederate forces were alerted to the raiding party's location, and commenced pursuit. A confederate cavalry unit (Oklawaha Rangers) caught up with the Union raiders, finally and a full engagement ensued. The union soldiers came under direct fire as they boarded their dinghies, in a tactical retreat.
Lives were lost. Prisoners captured on both sides.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Vegetable Garden Update

OK! so I googled it and came up with a few ways to keep the garden rats out (squirrels) Some I thought were very mean. So I read that they do not like marigolds, the smell of them, so I have placed some throughout the garden. They are still in their pots and if it works, I will plant them among the veggies. Here are some updated photos of how things are going and you will notice some squirrel holes here and there. Also you will see the never ending battle with the oak leaves and bamboo leaves.