All parade units in position in Lake City. Weaponry must meet safety requirements. Before the battle began, Lieutenant Rambo of the Milton Battery of the Florida Artillery had been ordered by General Finegan to mount a thirty pound Parrott rifle on a flat car and bring up a locomotive to move it. In spite of its sparse settlement Florida was a fruitful source of supply for the Confederate forces, especially cattle, and blockade runners generally found it easily accessible. He commenced the practice of his profession and in 1852 was elected to the United States Congress. I wore my running shoes, and quickly regretted that! Period church services in Authentic Camps and under the Ball Tent.
He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Georgia, where he had lived many years. The next day, Gillmore and Seymour's troops began advancing west and occupied Ten Mile Run. Lincoln's re-election in 1864 was definitely doubtful. When you arrive, you must register, sign waivers, and pick up parking cards. Responding to this development, Finegan ordered Colquitt to advance with several regiments from both his brigade and Harrison's.
Quiet Time — All generators off! Colored Troops advancing against Confederate entrenchments. During the course of the fighting, Confederate forces began to run low on ammunition forcing a slackening of their firing as more was brought forward. 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. During the hearings on proposals to erect an Olustee monument to honor the Union dead, neo-Confederate flag-wavers disrupted the hearings; one of Florida's most prominent legislators and head of the Judiciary Committee, Dennis Baxley, himself a member of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, argued against it. I have tried to make the boys desist but I can't control them.
Union General had landed troops at , aiming chiefly to disrupt food supply. I rode on but the firing continued. The Battle of Olustee was one of the few--and most-crucial--Civil War battles fought in Florida. One of its heavy shells dropped in the middle of the 54th Massachusetts with disastrous effect on its already weakened morale. Just at this juncture Guerard's Georgia Artillery unlimbered for action and General Colquitt ordered a section of it to support the Chatham Battery. Soldiers on both sides were veterans of the great battles in the eastern and western theaters of war, but many of them remarked in letters and diaries that they had never experienced such terrible fighting.
He was elected Governor of Georgia in 1876. Pushing the enemy back, Henry's men met more intense resistance as they neared Olustee Station. Finnegan and Seymour both reinforced their engaged units during the afternoon and the battle took place in open pine woods. If you want to see any of the camps or spend time at the sutler area you need to arrive early as you should really head toward the battle area about 12:30 at the latest. I was impressed to see two women in example dressed as widows, as widows were alas quite common in the war. Tags: Olustee Battle Reenactment, Battle of Olustee Reenactment,Battle of Ocean Pond Reenactment, Olustee Battle Civil War Reenactment, Civil War Reenactment Since beginning in 1970, the goal of Crazy Crow Trading Post has been to provide the best quality products at fair and competitive prices, while bringing you the very best service in the industry.
Yes, a shuttle service is provided at the Lake City Gateway Airport. Submitting his plans to the Union leadership in Washington, they were approved as the Administration hoped to restore a loyal government to Florida before the election that November. Archived from on May 19, 2007. The shuttle service is available Saturday, starting at 9:00 am and Sunday, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm. Period music concert at demonstration area.
Entertainment, arts, crafts and food booths in Lake City with opening ceremonies at noon. Olustee usually has 40-50 sutlers in attendance and these sutlers must pass inspection for the authenticity of their goods and appearance. Several factors saved the day. The battle was now in full swing and this was the line generally on which the battle was to rage for nearly six hours. The Confederates captured large amounts of equipment including 5 cannons and 1600 rifles.
All medical units are invited to participate. As business increased, two more silversmiths were added to meet the demand, along with other employees to help with shipping and other operations. Cannons to be inspected before firing. Olustee Battle Reenactment aka Battle of Ocean Pond Reenactment Shuttle rides are available to the Battle Site at Olustee from the Lake City Airport and Baker County Prison Center. Free shuttle service will be provided to the park from designated parking areas near the event. General Barton of the New York Brigade sent out an order for withdrawal. The reenactment is done at the highest levels of professionalism--I was awestruck by the care and detail as well as the authenticity of the reenactors' uniforms and care that went into the choreography of the battle itself.
The Civil War Book of Lists. Food concessions will be available. This is an annual event, so you'll have to wait until next year, but it is well worth the drive. If you do not arrive early on Sunday then you should visit the camps before the battle. Reenactors belong to a military unit or historical organization and have studied the time period in depth as well as undergo safety training. A bloody engagement given the numbers engaged, the Battle of Olustee saw Seymour sustain 203 killed, 1,152 wounded, and 506 missing while Finegan lost 93 killed, 847 wounded, and 6 missing.