Friday, February 20, 2009

Olustee Battlefield - Part Five


This is the monument placed to mark what is believed to be the site of the mass grave where the Union dead from the Battle of Olustee were buried.

It is a reproduction of the original wooden marker placed at the site and is located in the small cemetery adjoining the state park.

More than 200 Union soldiers died in the fighting at Olustee, compared to 93 Confederates. Many other wounded men died in the weeks and months following the battle (more than 2,000 men were wounded). The Southern dead from the battle were buried in Lake City and elsewhere around the region.

Walking the site today, it is difficult to visualize the violence of the battle fought there. Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is peaceful and quiet most days. It is often possible to walk the grounds or follow the trails along the battle lines without seeing another soul. The forest and trees are quite beautiful and the park is rich in birds and wildlife, a far cry from what must have been the scene on February 20, 1864 when Florida's largest Civil War battle was fought there.

To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

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