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Olustee Battlefield Exhibit

Olustee Battlefield

The Battle of Olustee was the largest Civil War battle in Florida, fought on February 20, 1864. The battle was fought in Baker County, Florida. The Confederates, led by General Joseph Finegan, defeated the Union forces, led by General Truman Seymour. The Confederate victory allowed them to control Florida's interior for the rest of the war.

The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is located near the town of Olustee. The park was one of the first in the Florida State Park system. The state owns 3.09 acres of the park, but manages another 688 acres of the original battlefield. The park was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

More than 10,000 cavalry, infantry and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in a pine forest near Olustee. Three U.S. Colored Troops took part in the battle, including the now famous 54th Massachusetts. The battle ended with 2,807 casualties and the retreat of Union troops to Jacksonville until the war's end just 14 months later.

In 1912, when many living Civil War veterans still attended reunions, the battlefield became the state's first historic site.

Visitors can enjoy a meal at the picnic area or take a walk along a mile-long trail that has interpretive signs describing the events of the battle.

A reenactment is held every February. Scenes for Civil War movies, including the 1989 movie "Glory," have been filmed during the reenactments.

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