Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Olustee Battlefield - Part Three


This is the primary monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. Located immediately behind the museum, it was erected during the early years of the effort to mark and preserve the battlefield.

A total of four monuments can be found on the battlefield. The one shown here is flanked by two smaller ones. One honors Gen. Finegan, the hero of Olustee. The other honors Gen. Colquitt, the hero of Olustee. The Finegan monument was placed by UDC members from Florida, while the Colquitt monument was placed by UDC members from Georgia.

The fourth monument on the field is located in the cemetery adjoining the park and is believed to mark the location of the mass grave where Union dead from the battle were buried.

Unlike many Civil War battlefields, Olustee is preserved in a largely pristine state. It is still possible to walk the battle lines and see the field much as it looked on February 20, 1864. Pine and palmetto still cover much of the site.

We will take a closer look at the main battle line area in the next post. Until then, you can learn more by visiting www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

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