Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Coming Tomorrow - The Battle of Olustee, Florida
Beginning tomorrow, I will start a new series on the Battle of Olustee, Florida.
Fought on February 20, 1864, in the open pine woods between Jacksonville and Lake City, Olustee was the largest Civil War battle fought in Florida.
A little known fact is that, in terms of percentage of forces lost, it was the bloodiest loss of a major battle by the Union during the entire Civil War. Roughly 40% of the 5,000 Union soldiers that marched into the battle were killed, wounded or missing by the time the smoke cleared.
Olustee was also a classic example of a battle fought to achieve political aims. The entire 1864 Union invasion of East Florida was undertaken as part of a political strategy to conquer Florida in time for its electoral votes to figure in the 1864 Presidential election.
Check back tomorrow for part one of the new series on the Battle of Olustee.