light house is the departure point for hundreds of thousands of Monarch
butterflies every year in October, which is also the time for the Stone Crab
Festival. Manatee swim in the Wakulla.
We then went on to St. Marks, located where the Wakulla and the St.
Marks Rivers unite, where the Union forces had landed. This town is
300 years old. It was the site of a trading post owned by Panton and
Leslie. Later taken by William Augustus Bowles, it became the home
of pirate vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Fort San Marcos and a
light house can also be found close by. Josiah Francis, as well as
Arbuthnot and Armbruster were hung at that fort.
The battlefield came into being because a natural bridge (the place
upon which I stood looking toward one of the sink holes that bordered the
natural road which there flowed underground beneath the "natural bridge"..
The Union forces had to cross this bridge to get to the other side and
proceed on to Tallahassee. The forewarned Confederates had taken the
high ground and picked off the Union forces (mainly a force of Black
soldiers) as they attempted to take the hill. There is now a
national park there.