Olustee Battle Re-Enactment, February 1995. Photo: Steve Knight
Olustee Battle Festival & Re-enactment
The only major Civil War battle fought in Florida,
Olustee resulted in a Confederate victory on February 20, 1864. The
three-day commemoration includes a memorial service in Lake City,
followed by one of the state's largest parades featuring hundreds
of re-enactors. Educational displays and living history
demonstrations help tell the story. On the third day, the battle is
re-enacted at Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site by more than
2,000 participants. Begun in 1977 and sponsored in part by the
Blue-Grey Army, Olustee is now the largest annual Civil War
re-enactment in the southeastern United States. The project
includes fifteen pages of historical text, 46 photographs, a battle
documentary videotape, a cassette tape of regimental band music,
posters, festival programs, and other promotional materials.
Originally submitted by: Karen L. Thurman, Representative (5th District).
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