The Skirmish At Gamble's Hotel depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when
500 federal soldiers, under the command of Colonel Reuben Williams of the 12th Indiana
Infantry, marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. These
federal troops were met by a group of Confederate soldiers who drove them away with the
help of 400 reinforcements from the area home guard.
The Columns is a popular name for The Harwell House at Rankin Plantation, a beautiful
antebellum home that dates back over 100 years. The name refers to the 22 Greek style,
Doric columns that surround the home on three sides. The house was placed on the National
Register of historic places in 1974.
This year we moved our event back 2 weeks because of a conflict with another event.
That puts us a month away from Aiken, and gives us an open weekend between us and
Broxton's and again for Cheraw. In the past reenactors have complained about a busy
spring, and not being able to attend events that are back to back. Maybe this move
will help a little.
In an effort to get more Federal soldiers, we're offering a $200 bounty for any group
that can put 20 rifles on the field both days. The bounty is good for up to 3
groups. Out of state units will get preference. We still have the bounty for
artillery, see Garfield for that. And the bounty for cavalry. I think Petra is
keeping up with that.
The Saturday evening meal is back on. We have Stan Clardy lined up for the barn
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