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