Friday, November 15, 2013

New Petition opposes Union Monument at Olustee


Olustee Battlefield
A new petition drive has been launched in opposition to plans for erecting a Union monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.

The petition opposes the monument because it specifically honors only one side in battle, a dramatic Confederate victory that created a fiery scandal for the Lincoln Administration.  The primary monument on the battlefield, erected many years ago, honors the soldiers of both sides.

Current Monument at Olustee
There is no real Confederate monument at Olustee, yet the proposal to place a new Union monument there seeks to build one specifically honoring only the side that lost.  The monument would not specifically honor Union dead as there already is a monument at Olustee for that purpose.

Personally, I oppose the monument at the park because Olustee Battlefield is one of the most pristine battlefields in the nation.  Monuments serve their purpose, but it is rare to be able to visit the scene of a battle that is preserved in a state so close to its appearance at the time of the 1864 engagement.  I favor keeping the landscape open, but would welcome a much nicer museum at the park if anyone really wants to start a project to do something productive.

Existing Monument to Union Dead
I also have to ask whether the state would be so willing for a monument honoring only the Confederate side to be placed on the battlefield or at any of Florida's other state parks in this day and age?  If not, then we should not erect monuments honoring the other side either, but only memorials to the men of both armies.  And there already is one of those at Olustee.

If you would like to sign the petition, please do so by following this link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/state-of-florida-parks-department-stop-the-special-monument-at-olustee#share

To learn more about the Battle of Olustee and Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, please visit http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

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