Photo/Story Gallery 2009

FHP Assists with Civil War Event

Sgt. Stebbins and Trooper Smatt stand ready to direct traffic for the event.Each year, the Florida Highway Patrol assists with the heavy flow of visitors and traffic at the Olustee Battlefield reenactment held for one February weekend in Baker County.

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.

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Group photo Discussing strategy?. Preparing to fight. Ready for battle. Civilians are there for support Battle of Olustee photo
Soldiers get ready for a battle reenactment.