Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

One of the few battle sites of Florida, the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, established in 1949, hosts a battle reenactment each February and a late summer Civil War Expo. The Florida Legislature obtained three acres of land in 1909 in order to form a memorial, as many Civil War veterans still wished to attend reunions. Three years later, the battlefield was officially declared the state’s first historic site. Ceremonies commemorate the 10,000 plus cavalry, infantry and artillery troops that fought in a five hour battle, the largest in Florida Civil War history, on February 20, 1864.
Find out more about the Olustee Festival, with events scheduled throughout February.