Suwannee Democrat

Suwannee Democrat

February 8, 2011

State park to commemorate Battle of Olustee

147th anniversary of Florida’s biggest Civil War battle

Live Oak — The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 35th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, February 18-20. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.

The Battle of Olustee was fought on February 20, 1864.  Full-scale artillery, mounted cavalry and three African American regiments, took part in the battle that ended with 2,807 casualties and a Confederate victory.  The 54th Massachusetts was among the African American troops that fought at Olustee.

The living history weekend features a Civil War-era battle reenactment on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as well as the reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Period music concerts, lectures, battlefield surgical practices and the lives of both white and black civilians during the war will be portrayed by reenactors.  Military camps and drills by infantry and artillery are scheduled throughout the weekend.

On Friday, February 18, educational programs are planned for students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  School groups may call 386-397-7009 to register for the event.  The fee for Friday will be $3 per person.  Admission on Saturday and Sunday will be $7 for adults and $3 for children, pre-school aged children are free.  Food concessions will be available.  Pets are not allowed at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the reenactment.

The Olustee Battle Civil War Reenactment is sponsored by the Florida Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Olustee Battlefield Citizen Support Organization and The Blue Grey Army of Florida, Inc.

For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/olustee or http://battleofolustee.org.

 

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