Historic Markers Across Florida

Site of the Battle of Marianna

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: On Wynn St at Lafayetta St (US 90) Marianna, FL
County: Jackson
Coordinates: N 30° 46.533    W 085° 13.906
  30.77555    -85.23176666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5HR0


Here at high noon on September 27, 1864 a Federal raiding force of 900 men under Brigardier-General Alexander Asboth fought a Confederate home guard of 95 old men and boys under Captain jesse J Norwood. Entering Marianna from the West, the main body of Federals encountered unexpected resistance at Elys Corner, fell back, rallied and charged, driving the home guard back to this churchyard, flanked by other Federals moving in from North of the church. The defenders engaged the invaders in fiece combat. By Federal order, St. Luke´s Episcopal Church was destroyed beyond recognition. The West Florida News reported total Confenderate losses of 8 killed, 16 wounded, 54 captured and estimaged Federal losses of 15 killed, 40 wounded. Placed by the William Henry Milton Chapter No 1039. United Daughters of the Confederacy 1961."


City: Marianna, FL