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The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Olustee went off with a bang this weekend as over 25,000 visitors from across the country filled the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in Baker County. For those not familiar with this historic battle, it was the largest one fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
Attendees stepped back in time as they crossed the railroad tracks at the park’s entrance and entered a fully operational Civil War camp. The armies of both the Confederate States and the United States were represented in classic grey and blue uniforms as over 2,500 re-enactors took to the field. Festivities took place throughout the day including a medical demonstration, the reenactment itself and the grand ball which is often the highlight of the event.
This year hosted even larger numbers of tourists as the 150th Anniversary was celebrated. Re-enactors from Ohio, Chicago, New York and other Northern states made the trip to Florida to participate. Patriots on both sides of the confrontation were represented as local Floridians, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans participated on behalf of the Confederacy.
Vendors were also on hand selling Civil War era clothing, pipes, food and other gifts. Throughout the camps people enjoyed classic camping with campfire cooking, rustic tents and live music filling the air.
The battle this year was especially spectacular as palm trees and dirt took to the skies in epic explosions. During the original skirmish, 1,861 Union soldiers died in battle as did 946 Confederates. Teams of eight-man crews manned the cannons in the field, creating a true spectacle for the visitors of Olustee.
All in all it was a fun, safe and historical event, commemorating the memories of those who died and the respective causes they fought for. Next year should be just as great and we expect to see even more of you out there with us.