marianna is the county seat of jackson county florida. for floridians marianna is best known for the florida state reform school located there. on september 27th 1864 downtown marianna was the site of a civil war battle. the battle of marianna was fought between union general alexander asboth and colonel alexander montgomery CSA. the town's civilian residents hid in nearby florida caverns. the main part of the battle was fought on the main road. today it is named lafayette street (US90).
there are two places of interest for tourists in marianna. located just outside of town in florida caverns state park. downtown marianna has an interesting historic district to explore. marianna is an interesting place to visit when in northwest florida.
pictured is union general alexander asboth who led the union raid on the town of mariana. in late 1864 mariana was the largest northwest florida town still held by the confederates. in september 1864 general asboth set out from fort barrancas in union held pensacola on a raid through northwest florida. on september 27 th asboth entered mariana and met the militia and home guard of colonel montgomery CSA. the battle was fought on modern day US 90 in the center of town. the confederate troops fought hard but they were greatly outnumbered by asboth's infantry. this battle was considered a minor union victory and asboth returned to pensacola with 600 liberated slaves, 200 horses, and 400 head of cattle. asboth was wounded in the battle and later died of his injuries.