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

The Battle Intensifies

 
 
The Battle Intensifies Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
1. The Battle Intensifies Marker
Inscription.  Around 2:00 p.m. Union troops reached a railroad crossing east of Olustee. Here they faced increased resistance from the advancing Confederate troops. The 7th Connecticut opened up with heavy fire from their Spencer repeating rifles, catching the 64th Georgia off guard, killing all of their regiment's field officers. General Colquitt's reinforcements arrived just in time to keep the 64th from being cut down. The 7th Connecticut advanced farther than their flanks and soon found themselves in a crossfire. When their ammunition ran low, they withdrew several hundred yards to the rear.

Here the Union advance was finally halted.

"As we advanced, the enemy retired, keeping just in sight. Whenever we could get near enough to stand any chance of doing execution we would blaze away at them and they returned the fire in a way that showed that they were good marksman, for their shots came plenty near enough, although none of us were hit."

– Letter to his wife from Milton M. Woodford
7th Connecticut

 
Erected by Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

View of The Battle Intensifies Marker along the battlefield trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 7, 2020
2. View of The Battle Intensifies Marker along the battlefield trail.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 30° 13.043′ N, 82° 23.442′ W. Marker is near Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Trail (17 Mile Camp Road) 0.3 miles north of U.S. 90. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Battlefield Trail (17 Mile Camp Road), 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. Confusion Under Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Retreat (about 500 feet away); Cries and Cheers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle Rages (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fight or Die (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Bloody Massacre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hold That Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Yankees are Coming (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 60 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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