On February 20th, 1864, two
armies clashed in the virgin pine flatwoods of north central Florida, near a
railroad station named Olustee about fifteen miles east of Lake City,
The battle raged for four hours. When it ended, the Union Army had
suffered a stinging defeat.
The Battle of Olustee was the largest battle fought in Florida during the Civil War.
The site is now preserved as a state park and is the scene of the most authentic and largest annual battle reenactment in the southeastern United States, with over 2,000 infantry, artillery and cavalry re-enactors participating.
February 15 - 17,
36th Annual Re-enactment
Friday through Saturday
9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
There are authentic camps to walk through, medical demonstrations, period music concerts, a Ladies' Tea under the tent, a period Dress Ball on Saturday night, memorial and period church services, Colors ceremonies for infantry, artillery and cavalry, a dress parade for all the infantry and cavalry units along sutler row to the battlefield, period crafts and exhibits.
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Florida Reenactors Online News Magazine
Confederate Marines will provide
two artillery pieces and support. Federal infantrymen are always needed.
Federals will have Cavalry as well.
Driving directions: from hwy 90, go west from Marion St (441) one block to Columbia St, turn right, go 3 blocks turn right. Proceed several blocks to lake. Turn right. to SW corner of lake. There will be a bus at the battlefield entrance at 330 pm to transport reenactors.
For more information, contact Lt. David Eversole at email@example.com.
Included in the day's activities (before the
skirmish), will be a memorial service at Oak Lawn cemetery in Lake City at
9:30am. A roll call of all 155 Confederates killed in the battle of Olustee
- all of those fallen soldiers -
and interred in the cemetery, will be recognized and honored for the first
time. Previously, these soldiers were unknown!
As many confederate reenactors as possible are needed to attend this service. Directions to the cemetery: From hwy 90, 3 blocks west of Main St. turn right on N 5th St and go 6 blocks to W. Franklin St; cemetery on right. For information, contact 1st. Lt. Cmdr. David Eversole/ Battle of Olustee Camp 1463 at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 2008
The 6th Fl. Co. E. (Hardy Brigade) will once again host the skirmish at Lake Desoto in Lake City.
The skirmish will take place at 5:00 pm,
near the south-west corner of the lake behind the Columbia Co. courthouse.
is made possible by the love, hard work and outstanding, tireless dedication of the people involved with the sponsoring organizations:
The Annual Olustee