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 Matthew McCague portrays a Sgt. in the Union Army during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.

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Matthew McCague portrays a Sgt. in the Union Army during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.

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  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Reenactor Tom Fyock, 61, of Cape Coral, dressed as a Union Army artilleryman during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Reenactor Matthew Brabyn portrays a regimental surgeon major in the 47th New York volunteer infantry during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Reenactor Kevin Smith, 22, of Labelle, dressed as a Confederate artilleryman during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Reenactor Mary Ann Lankford, of Hollywood, Fla., dressed as a farmer's wife in mourning during the reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. It was customary for Civil War widows to mourn for at least a year. Women of higher economic status were expected to mourn for two and a half years. The Raid on Gopher Ridge was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Matthew McCague portrays a Sgt. in the Union Army during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.
  • Lexey Swall/Staff 
 Tamara Bennatti, of Lake Worth, Fla., portrays a woman in genteel poverty during a reenactment of The Raid on Gopher Ridge. The conflict was the one and only battle fought in Collier County during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers held off the Union Army, that came down from Fort Myers, to protect the Florida cattle that were vital to the Confederacy.

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