Monday, October 4, 2010

Treating the Wounded after Olustee (Ocean Pond)

I know this is a bit of a long shot, but if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I'm looking for eyewitness accounts (letters, diaries or memories written down later) that describe efforts to treat the wounded in the days and weeks after the Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond in 1864.

There were so many soldiers, both Confederate and Union, wounded in the battle that the Southern medical services on the battlefield and in Lake City were quickly overwhelmed. Many of the wounded were quickly carried on by train to Tallahassee, while others were treated at homes and in communities across North Florida and South Georgia.

I would like, if possible, to find any accounts or descriptions written either by soldiers or by citizens who helped provide care for the wounded in the month or two after the battle. If you are aware of anything along this lines, please drop me a note by emailing me at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ContactUs.

If you are interested in learning more about the Battle of Olustee, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

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