Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Yankees are Coming
- Letter from H.W.B. Athens
Southern Banner, March 9, 1864
Marching west, the Union forces left Barber's Plantation at 6:00 a.m., expecting to defeat the Confederates 32 miles away in Lake City. If successful, the Union then planned to cut off railroad communications between east and west Florida by destroying the railroad bridge over the Suwannee River. Little did they know they would never make it that far.
By early afternoon the Union Cavalry had driven the Confederate cavalry westward for several miles. As the Union neared the railroad station at Olustee, Confederate resistance grew stronger.
Here is where the bloody, four hour battle began.
Location. 30° 12.871′ N, 82° 23.35′ W. Marker is in Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Trail (17 Mile Camp Road) 0.3 miles north Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5815 Battlefield Trail, Sanderson FL 32087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olustee Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Olustee (about 300 feet away); Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (about 300 feet away); A Legacy Remembered (about 600 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. 13.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olustee.
Also see . . . The Battle of Olustee or Battle of Ocean Pond , Wikipedia entry. ...Union casualties were 203 killed, 1,152 wounded, and 506 missing, a total of 1,861 men—almost 40%. Confederate losses were lower: 93 killed, 847 wounded, and 6 missing, a total of 946 casualties in all—but still about 20%. Additionally, Union forces allowed six artillery pieces and 39 horses to be captured as well... (Submitted on April 25, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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