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Battle of Bloody Mose


Due to safety precautions in place because of the COVID-19 emergency, this event has been cancelled.

(904) 823-2232
  • Due to safety precautions in place because of the COVID-19 emergency, this event has been cancelled.

    The 1740 Spanish victory at the Battle of Bloody Mose is reenacted annually in St. Augustine. This will be the 278th anniversary of the battle, and the event will be presented by Florida Living History, Inc., and the Fort Mose Historical Society from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Fort Mose, just north of historic St. Augustine.

    Visitors can participate in the commemoration of the battle and enjoy reenactments of the 1740 battle that forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida. Reenactments of the battle itself will take place at 12:00 noon and at 2:00 p.m. Other activities occur throughout the day, with musket demonstrations and colonial Florida craft-making stations, including blacksmithing, 18th-century foods, finger weaving, and pine needle basket weaving. There will also be a variety of free children's activities, plus food and craft vendors.

    Before and after the battle, visitors can enjoy interacting with volunteers in period dress while they step back in time and experience what it was like on the fateful day before the big battle between the British, who were occupying Fort Mose, and the Spanish from the Castillo. Scenes include Yamassee natives preparing for battle, British soldiers planning the surprise attack of the Castillo de San Marcos, and British General Oglethorpe and his forces encamped at Fort Mose.

    Admission: The event is free. Admission to park grounds is also free, but there is a $2.00 per adult fee to enter the visitor center. Children under 6 are always free.

    When: Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Battle reenactments at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    Where: Fort Mose Historic State Park is located just north of the historic district, at 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine, FL 32084.

    Call (904) 823-2232 or visit here for more information.

    History of the Battle of Bloody Mose: This battle was a part of the larger conflict between Spain and Britain who were vying for control of la Florida. The British were attempting to take the Castillo de San Marcos and already occupied Fort Mose. An English militia consisting of mostly farmers seeking their runaway slaves occupied Fort Mose. Two days later, Mose's men returned with some Spaniards to reclaim their fort. They ambushed the sleeping intruders at four o'clock in the morning. By the end of the attack, the fort was burned and the English survivors returned home to tell about "Bloody Moosa." The rest of Oglethorpe's troops continued to assault St. Augustine from the harbor, but the Mose ambush turned the tide. The Spaniards and Africans stood their ground from the Castillo de San Marcos.

    Please note: Parking at Fort Mose Historic State Park is limited. Additional parking will be available behind Arnold's Restaurant, just north of Fort Mose Trail (on the right) and in the gravel lot behind Schooner’s Restaurant, just south of Fort Mose Trail (also on the right).

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