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Near Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fight or Die

 
 
Fight or Die Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 7, 2020
1. Fight or Die Marker
Inscription.  When the two armies met in force, the Union troops their advance and the other blocking their retreat. They could see for long distances and there was very little cover in which to hide. To the north was an old, cleared field where later the fighting would be severe.

No one anticipated that Olustee would become a major battle. Neither side knew much about the battleground or their opponent, but each continued to send troops forward. Both sides were almost evenly matched, and at this point it was anyone's victory.

In this world it is best to be sure that you are right — then go ahead. I am sure that we are in the right, and that God is on our side. Follow me today, my men, and I will lead you to the enemy. Remember, that the honor of Georgia rests with you."

– Colonel Barrow of the 64th GA
Colonel Barrow had barely spoken these words when a Yankee bullet pierced his heart and he died without a struggle.

 
Erected by Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil

Marker can be seen along the battlefield trail deep center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 7, 2020
2. Marker can be seen along the battlefield trail deep center.
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Location. 30° 12.948′ N, 82° 23.331′ W. Marker is near Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker is on Battlefield Trail 0.3 miles north of U.S. 90. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5815 Battlefield Trail, Olustee FL 32072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Yankees are Coming (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olustee Battlefield (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Olustee (about 700 feet away); Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (about 700 feet away); Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (about 700 feet away); The Battle Intensifies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cries and Cheers (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy Remembered (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olustee.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Olustee article by the Olustee Battlefield Citizens Support Organization. (Submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 7, 2020
3. Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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