Monday, September 17, 2012

Rededication of the Olustee Battlefield Monument

Rededication of
The Confederate Monument at Olustee
October 13, 2012, 11 a.m. at the Olustee Battlefield State Park
On February 20, 1864, as Union troops stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, continued their march westward to capture the capital at Tallahassee, they were met near the small town of Olustee by Florida’s General Joseph Finnegan and his Confederate troops. The resulting battle was a great win for the Confederate troops. The Battle of Olustee (Southern name) or Ocean Pond (Northern Name) was the largest battle fought in Florida.
In 1897 the Florida Division of the UDC began raising funds to place a monument on the battlefield. The Florida legislature voted to spend $2,500 towards the construction of the monument. On October 23, 1912 (100 years ago) the monument was dedicated on the battlefield site. The monument faces south. 
The Battle of Olustee was fought on this ground February, 20th, 1864 between 5,000 Confederate troops commanded by Joseph E. Finnegan and 6,000 Federal troops under General Truman Seymore. The Federals were defeated with 2,000 casualties. The confederate loss was less than 1,000 men.
Please Join the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. for the Rededication of the Confederate Monument that was originally dedicated 100 years ago.
Dinner on the Grounds (covered dish) will follow after the Rededication program.
“Departed, but Not Forgotten!”
FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CALL: Commander Larry Rosenblatt @ 904-993-5019 or via Internet.

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