Two hundred and seventy-four years ago on June 26th, a battle commenced when a Spanish column of about 300 troops, backed by allied Seminole warriors made up of Indian auxiliaries, escaped slaves, and people of mixed African/Native American backgrounds, were led by Captain Antonio Salgado in an attack on Fort Mose. The surprise attack nearly obliterated the British garrison and fort thus it came to be known as the Battle of Bloody Mose.
The takeover of Fort Mose was an important action in the War of Jenkin's Ear. The British soldiers, led by Colonel John Palmer, were 170 strong and the fort was strategically positioned. The battle took the lives of Colonel Palmer, three captains and three lieutenants along with the troops. This well-timed attack ended the British assault on St. Augustine.
Fort Mose Historic State Park is commemorating this important event in Florida's history on June 21 & 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with battle re-enactments and period performances presenting life during the time of the battle. Following the presentation of colors by the Naval Sea Cadet Battalion of Saint Augustine, includes cannon and musket salute, battle re-enactments will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Before battle re-enactments, visitors will have opportunities to view various vignettes:
- Life in Saint Augustine under siege
- Yamassee preparing for battle
- Plans of the surprise attack at the Castillo de San Marcos
- General Oglethorpe and the British forces encamped at Fort Mose
During the lunch break from noon to 1:00 p.m., the Florida Living History's Theater with a Mission from Tallahassee will present scenes from one of Spain's oldest plays, "El Nuevo Mundo" (The New World) by Lope de Vega.
On Sunday, park guests will have an opportunity to interact with re-enactors portraying different Spanish, British, African and Native American groups that had been in Saint Augustine and at the fort during the Siege of 1740 and the Battle of the Bloody Mose.
For more information about this event, visit the Fort Mose Historical State Park website.