Bay County Revisits Its Salty Past

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

St. Andrews Bay is being raided for its salt, just like it was during the Civil War as the Gulf State Guards host its Second Annual St. Andrews Bay ‘Salt Works Raid’.

Salt was a big business in Bay County about 150 years ago. The salt water from the bay was boiled down during the Civil War, and used for things like preserving meat and hides. The Gulf State Guards and members of the USS Pawnee Marines reenact the role of the Navy coming ashore using Civil War era amphibious assault vehicles. They also perform a mock-battle along the shore fighting for the salt in St. Andrews Bay. The purpose of the reenactment is to showcase how important salt production was to the local area during the war, and to show how those soldiers lived.

The Gulf State Guards also set up a campsite with traditional tents, using some of the same tools and furniture that soldiers used over 150 years ago.

The Guards plan to perform the reenactment Sunday at 2:00pm on Beach Drive in Panama City.


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  • by Mark K Location: Panama city on Apr 22, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    The Pawnee Marines did a good job teaching drill to the local Sea Scouts Saturday. The Marines planned and ran this event. Please dont give credit to GSG, who barely participated.
  • by Barry Location: panama city on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    This is an event run by the Pawnee Marines with some other participants. No GUlf StateGuards anywhere!!!! Go marines!!!
  • by Rose Location: Lynn Haven on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    Once again the facts are off, since the Pawnee Marines planned and executed this event _ not the gulf state guards, who have never successfully planned and executed ANY event. Thanks to the Downtown Improvement Board and Civil War Naval Museum from Columbus, GA for their participation/assistance. Come out Sundayfor the Marines!!!! OoooRah!! RRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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