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. 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 small interpretive center with historical information and artifacts related to the Battle of Olustee. A reenactment is held every February. Scenes for Civil War movies, including the 1989 movie Glory, have been filmed during the reenactments. Visitors can enjoy a picnic at the picnic area or take a walk along a one-mile trail that has interpretive signs describing the events of the battle. Monuments to the Union and Confederate armies are open to the public free of charge.