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Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Battle of Olustee
 
The Battle of Olustee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
1. The Battle of Olustee Marker
 
Inscription. (Front):
The Battle of Olustee was fought
on this ground
February 20th, 1864.
Between 5,000 Confederate troops
commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan
and 6,000 Federal troops under
General Truman Seymour.
The Federals were defeated with
a loss of 2,000 men.
The Confederate loss
was less than 1,000.

(Back):
To the men who fought and
Triumphed here in defense
of their homes and firesides.
This monument is erected
by the United Daughters
of the Confederacy aided
by the State of Florida.
In commemoration of their
devotion to the cause of
Liberty and State Sovereignty
MCMXII

(Around the base)
This monument at Ocean Pond is rededicated to these southern units that fought here on February 20, 1864. Done this February 20, 1994 the 130th anniversary of the battle.

1st Fla. Inf. Bn.   2nd Fla. Inf. Bn.   6th Fla. Inf. Bn.   Madison Conscripts   2nd Fla. Cav.   5th Fla. Cav. Bn.   Gambles Arty.

1st Ga. Regulars   6th Ga. Inf.   19th Ga. Inf.   23rd Ga. Inf.   27th Ga. Inf.   28th Ga. Inf.   

32nd Ga. Inf.   64th Ga. Inf.   4th Ga. Cav.   28th Ga. Arty Bn.   Chatham Arty.   Guerard's Btry.

 
Erected 1912 by United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
 
The Battle of Olustee Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
2. The Battle of Olustee Monument
 
United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 30° 12.839′ N, 82° 23.303′ W. Marker is in Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker is at the intersection of Battlefield Trail and U.S. 90, on the right when traveling west on Battlefield Trail. Click for map. On the southwestern border of Osceola National Forest. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5815 Battlefield Trail, Olustee FL 32072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (a few steps from this marker); Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (a few steps from this marker); Olustee Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Yankees are Coming (about 300 feet away); A Legacy Remembered (about 400 feet away); Camp at Sanderson (approx. 7.6 miles away); Mount Zion Baptist Church and Swift Creek Cemetery (approx. 8.9 miles away); Union County (approx. 13.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Olustee.
 
More about this marker. Tall monument behind a Visitor's Center with Interpretive signs, a mile-loop trail, and battle reeactments every February.
 
Also see . . .
1. Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. A stunning Confederate victory, the Battle of Olustee was the largest Civil War battle
 
The Battle of Olustee Marker, side 2 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
3. The Battle of Olustee Marker, side 2
 
fought in Florida and dashed Union dreams of conquering the state in time for its electoral votes to figure in the 1864 Presidential election. (Submitted on November 21, 2008.) 

2. Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond. Site detailing the battle and the reenactments. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.) 
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Colored Troops; USCT;
 
The Battle of Olustee Visitor Center Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
4. The Battle of Olustee Visitor Center
 
 
The Battle of Olustee Marker with cannons Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
5. The Battle of Olustee Marker with cannons
 
 
Information board Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
6. Information board
 
 
The Battle of Olustee State Park sign - note lumber trucks in background Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, October 23, 2008
7. The Battle of Olustee State Park sign - note lumber trucks in background
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,980 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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