Sunday, January 11, 2009

Olustee Battle Festival and Reenactment is One Month Away


Florida's most outstanding Civil War event is just one month away. The annual Olustee Battle Festival and Reenactment is scheduled for February 13-15 in Lake City and at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.

If you have never attended this reenactment and festival, it is outstanding. There are plenty of hotel accommodations in the area (Lake City, Alachua, Gainesville, Live Oak, etc.) and the location is an easy drive from Jacksonville.

The festival gets under way on February 13th and 14th in downtown Lake City with the large scale reenactment set for the battlefield on Sunday the 15th. For more information, schedules, etc., please click here.

The Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond, fought on February 20, 1864, was the largest Florida battle of the Civil War. 5,500 Federals and 5,000 Confederates clashed in the open pine woods without the benefit of fortifications or trenches. It was a huge "stand up" fight with the armies in clear view of each other.

The nature of the fighting resulted in an extremely bloody battle. The Confederates were able to continually overlap the Union lines by moving men into position faster than their enemy. By the time the smoke cleared, the Federals had lost over 200 killed, 1,152 wounded and 506 missing (mostly captured). The Confederate army lost 93 killed, 847 wounded and 6 missing. Many of the wounded of both sides died in the weeks after the battle.

To learn more about the Battle of Olustee, please visit our Olustee pages at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

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