Dr. W.S. Wilson's Office
Best known as the "Abstract
Office," Dr. W.S. Wilson used
this office during the Civil War.
He treated the wounded.
Union Grave in Marianna
This stone at Riverside
Cemetery was placed after
the war to mark the grave of
Lieutenant Isaac Adams.
Online Tour of Marianna Battlefield
The Battle of Marianna, Florida
The cemetery contains the
grave sites of both Union and
Confederate soldiers and a
monument placed by the SCV.
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Joseph Russ House
(Intersection of Lafayette and Russ Streets)
Now the home of the Chamber of Commerce, the
historic Russ House was built long after the battle
but overlooks Ely Corner, where the main fighting
of the Battle of Marianna began on September 27,
1864. Park here, view the home and read its
historical marker if you like, then walk to the corner
of the park facing the intersection of Lafayette and
The intersection was known as Ely Corner in 1864,
because it adjoined the historic Ely property. It was
here that Colonel Montgomeryhis mounted troops.
The Union column approached from your right via
the Campbellton Road (today's West Lafayette).
The first Union charge was hurled back by
Confederate fire, but the second attack drove
Montgomery up the street. Cross Russ Street and
walk to the sidewalk along Lafayette until you see
the Ely House.
One of Marianna's largest antebellum homes, this
beautiful old home overlooked the fighting at Ely
Corner. So far as is known, the house itself was
not used in the battle. Confederate cavalry
retreated up the street in front of the house,
followed closely by the charging Union column.
The home is not open to the public. From the Ely
House, continue to walk up the sidewalk along
Lafayette Street until you are opposite the Holden
Opposite the street is the historic Holden House,
now a medical office. Built in 1850, it was the
home of former Brigadier General William Anderson
of the Florida Militia, who was captured during the
battle. Heavy fighting took place on both sides of
the street here as Union troops battled members of
the Marianna Home Guard. A closet door inside the
Holden House still bears the marks inflicted by the
sword of a Union soldier during the battle. Walk on
to St. Luke's Episcopal Church directly ahead.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
The scene of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of
Marianna, the historic churchyard was held by the
Marianna Home Guard against overwhelming odds.
The church was burned during the battle and the
bodies of Four Confederates were later found in
the ruins. Legend holds that the St. Luke's Bible
was saved by Major Nathan Cutler, 2nd Maine
Cavalry. He was seriously wounded in the battle.
Read the markers then follow the walkways
around to the cemetery behind the church.
Other Points of Interest
Battle of Marianna Monument - Lafayette and Caledonia Streets
Battle of Marianna Marker - Lafayette Street at Courthouse Square
Dr. W.S. Wilson's Office - Opposite Jefferson Street from the Courthouse
Riverside Cemetery - Bertram and Franklin Streets (Graves & Monument)
St. Luke's Burial Ground
The last stand of the Marianna Home Guard took
place here in the cemetery behind St. Luke's.
Surrounded by Union soldiers, the local men and
boys held out until they ran low on ammunition. The
home guard members were fired on by Union
troops after they had surrendered. Captain George
Maynard of the 82nd U.S. Colored Infantry
received a Congressional Medal of Honor in part
for bringing the shooting to a close and saving the
lives of Confederate prisoners here. Florida's
Confederate Governor, John Milton, is buried here.