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February 24-27, 2005: Fort Desoto Park

"THE 97th PENNSYLVANIA'S EVENT!"

February 24-27, 2005
The Sixth Annual "Battle of Ballast Point"!!!
Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County, Florida.

"Battle of Ballast Point Media Day!"


"Media Day"

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"Media Day"

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"Media Day"

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"Media Day: Stand up straight for the cameras!"

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"Media Day: CHARGE!"

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"Battle of Ballast Point, Trip to Egmont Key!"


"Egmont Key and the lighthouse off of Ft. DeSoto Park"

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"The first armed Union troops on Egmont Key sand probably since the end of the war."

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"The 1858 Egmont Key Lighthouse (The other buildings are later period)"

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"The troops and the lighthouse"

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"The troops fire a salute to the fallen men and women that perished at Egmont Key during the American Civil War"

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Memorial Service Read at Egmont Key
Lew Zerfas, presiding
February 23, 2005
We gather here today to remember those that are
buried on this place and the neighboring islands
those that were either stationed here, were
brought here as prisoners, and those that came
here for protection and survival.

During the War of the Rebellion, this place was a
military encampment, a prison, and a safe haven.
Federal troops were stationed at this place.
Several Confederates were confined here.
Numerous civilians, residents of local areas,
relocated here for their own safety.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the
names of all that were buried here during the
war. So we pray for the souls of the unnamed as
well as those that we do know are buried in this
vicinity:

On or about August 26, 1862:
Scott Whitehurst killed on the mainland at
Pinellas. His body brought to this place.
John Whitehurst shot with his brother, Scott
died at this place.

October 17, 1863:
Joseph O'Donnell, ordinary seaman, mortally
wounded, U.S.S. Adela
John Roddy, seaman, U.S.S. Adela

Closing:
Let us bow our heads in a moments silence as we
remember the period of our history when brother
fought against brother, and father against son..
A period where people had to leave their homes
for safe refuge. A period where a country fought
against itself where each side fought for freedom.
Heavenly Father, may the soles of those resting
at this place rest in peace Amen.

"Battle of Ballast Point, The reenactment!"


"U.S. Marines of the U.S.S. Fort Henry"

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"A Revolutionary War Fife and Drum Corps"

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"The Confederate Camp"

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"The Union Camp"

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"A Union Fife & Drum Corps."

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"The Rebs form up their troops!"

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"The Union troops prepare for battle!"

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"The artillery takes aim."

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"Union reinforcements arrive!"

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