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“Very busy during re-enactment days but worth it”

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Olustee
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

The battlefield area is extremely busy during re-enactment events but well worth it for history lovers. For a much quieter time visit the park at other times and get a totally different perspective.

Thank Kathryn M
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

This review will not give away the spoiler. The question is: why did this fight between two groups of nearly the same size produce lopsided results? The small museum does a good job of telling the story of the battle. The walk through the battlefield is depicted in the photo attached - the scenery of the walk is worth a visit by itself. The illustrations and text on signs along the walk add information about the battle, instead of just repeating what is learned in the museum. About three of these signs suffer bad crazing of the plastic making reading of some portions impossible, but is not bad enough to ruin the walk. The small cemetery in the Southwest corner of the park includes a union memorial, much smaller than the rebel memorial near the museum.

Thank SteveHereNow
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park has the distinction of being the first park in the Florida State Park system and the site of the only major battle fought in Florida during the Civil War. Established in 1970, the 690-acre park is located near the town of Olustee, 50 miles west of Jacksonville and 15 miles east of Lake City off I-75 on U.S. Highway 90, within the Osceola National Forest. The Battle of Olustee, one of the least celebrated conflicts in the Civil War, was fought in Baker County on February 20, 1864. Union General Truman Seymour landed troops at Jacksonville, aiming to disrupt Confederate food supply. Meeting little resistance, he proceeded towards the state capital of Tallahassee, against orders, assuming he would face only the small Florida militia. But the Confederates in Charleston, South Carolina, had sent reinforcements under General Alfred Colquitt. The two 5,000-man armies clashed at Ocean Pond, where the Union was repulsed with 1,861 casualties, making it (based on the ratio of Union casualties to the number of troops involved) the second bloodiest battle of the war. On Presidents' Day weekend each February, thousands of re-enactors from across the country and even from overseas come to the park to re-enact the battle. The park, which is open from 9 to 5 daily, also offers year-round activities, including hiking, picnicking and viewing interpretative displays about the battle. It isn't Gettysburg or Vicksburg or Antietam but Olustee is beautifully preserved and not crowded and, like First Manassas, is small enough to allow visitors to walk the entire battlefield without getting into your car. For a Civil War historian, it is a story that might enhance your education.

Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped at the Olustee Battlefield but there is nothing to see. A bunch of old signs that you can't even read as you walk along the trail.

Thank granny1117
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

We were just looking for a place to have a picnic and Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park was in the area. No entrance fee (donation box). Not a whole lot to see but in main building you will find the history. Nice short walk around the grounds (battelfield).

Thank MCJax8535
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