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Come All Ye Bold Heroes

Event Date:

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 S. Castillo Dr.
St. Augustine, FL 32084


Andrew Batten
(877) 352-4478

Program Description:

In 1779, a recruitment drive is underway at Fort St. Mark in the capital of British East Florida. The South Carolina Royalists are seeking soldiers to march against the American rebels. Florida Living History, Inc.’s, volunteers will invite visitors to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument to “take the King’s Shilling” and enlist. Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant. They will also visit a local Minorcan sutler, who will display the merchandise they can purchase with a soldier’s pay. In addition, regular soldiers of Florida’s British Army will be on hand to demonstrate the daily life of a soldier on this frontier of the Empire, while the ladies of the garrison will discuss what it means for wives and children to “follow the drum.”