The reenactment is of The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel at The Columns at 4789 East Old Marion Hwy, Florence, SC 29502 on March 11 & 12, 2017.
Each year the Swamp Fox Quilters Guild has a booth at the reenactment. A selection of quilts are displayed and members usually offer mini demonstrations to visitors there. This is also the time a name is drawn from the raffle tickets sold – for one lucky person to receive the Opportunity Quilt.
The 23rd SC Infantry is the group that hosts this event. The Skirmish At Gamble’s Hotel depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when 500 federal soldiers, under the command of Colonel Reuben Williams of the 12th Indiana Infantry, marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. These federal troops were met by a group of Confederate soldiers who drove them away with the help of 400 reinforcements from the area home guard.
The Columns is a popular name for The Harwell House at Rankin Plantation, a beautiful antebellum home that dates back over 100 years. The name refers to the 22 Greek style, Doric columns that surround the home on three sides.
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