Reenactment time is upon us and now is a perfect time to take a hike through history. Take a step back in time and become acquainted with one of Florida's largest civil war battles. Learn about our famous Battlefield by mingling with Civil War Reenactors, living historians, period artisans, and sulters at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the Battle Reenactment every February...
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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
Welcome to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
This park commemorates the site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which took place February 20, 1864. More than 10,000 cavalry, infantry and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in a pine forest near Olustee. Three U.S. Colored Troops took part in the battle, including the now famous 54th Massachusetts. The battle ended with 2,807 casualties and the retreat of Union troops to Jacksonville until the war's end just 14 months later. In 1912, when many living Civil War veterans still attended reunions, the battlefield became the state's first historic site. Olustee Battlefield has a visitor center with historical information and artifacts. A reenactment is held every February and a Civil War Expo takes place in late summer. Scenes for Civil War movies, including the 1989 movie Glory, have been filmed during the reenactments. 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.