Photo/Story Gallery 2009
FHP Assists with Civil War Event
Pictured: Sgt. Tom Stebbins and Trooper Justin Smatt stand ready to direct traffic for the event.
Florida History: Once a year at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Macclenny in Baker County, citizens commemorate the largest Civil War battle in Florida. The Union campaign that climaxed in the Battle of Olustee (or Ocean Pond) began in February, 1864, when troops commanded by General Truman A. Seymour embarked at Hilton Head, S.C. Battle casualties amounted to 1,861 Union and 946 Confederate soldiers. In proportion to the number of troops involved, it was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.