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2019 Olustee Battle Reenactment

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Experience the 43rd Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment (aka Battle of Ocean Pond Reenactment) on February 15-17, 2019 at the Olustee Battlefield State Park near Sanderson, Florida. This is the famous site of Florida’s Largest Civil War Battle. The Battle of Olustee is the largest, annual Civil War event in the southeastern United States. Over 2,500 Civil War reenactors (men, women and children) come to the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park every year from all over the United States. These reenactors portray military personnel (infantry, artillery, cavalry, medical), members of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and Civil War era civilians and sutlers. Numerous Civil War authors and historical exhibitors can be seen throughout the weekend. You can listen to almost continuous presentations under the large (9,000 square feet) tent. Plenty of seating is available.

Olustee Battle Reenactment ((aka Battle of Ocean Pond Reenactment)

Shuttle rides are available to the Battle Site at Olustee from the Lake City Airport and Baker County Prison Center. Both sites are located on US 90 East & West of the Olustee Battle Site. Minimum bus charge is $2.00 for Adults and $1.00 for Students; Preschool children are free.

Admission Fees
ATM not available – credit/debit cards not accepted
Adults – $12
School-age children – $6
Pre-school-age children – FREE
Friday School Day – $5

Olustee Battle Reenactment Schedule by Day:

Thursday Schedula Detail
Thursday
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Early setup – EARLY SET-UP. Early registration opens. You must register and pick up parking passes and ID cards.
Reenactors, Do not arrive before Thursday. You will not be allowed to set up prior to Thursday.
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Early setup – Early registration opens. You must register and pick up parking passes and ID cards.
Reenactors, Do not arrive before Thursday. You will not be allowed to set up prior to Thursday.
3:00 p.m. Safety meeting for overall commanders, safety coordinators, safety assistants, and pyrotechnician at the Ball Tent.
Friday Schedula Detail
Friday Schedule for Olustee Battle Reenactment
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Registration. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER UPON ARRIVAL. Your returned preregistration forms are used only for planning. When you arrive, you must register, sign waivers, and pick up parking cards.
8:00 a.m. Back Gate (250-A) opens.
8:30 a.m. Colors on Museum/Monument Field. The day’s announcements, schedule changes, messages, etc., will be made at this time. Early arrivals are expected to attend at this time.
8:45 a.m. Wreath Laying
9:00 a.m. Civil War Memorial Service at Oaklawn Cemetery, Lake City, on W. Franklin Street (off 41 N)
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tours and medical demonstrations for school children and groups. Anyone who can help with school children and all Medical Units are asked to assist with either 10-minute living history presentations or as group guides.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Educational Exhibits and Programs under the Ball tent.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Entertainment, arts, crafts and food booths in Lake City with opening ceremonies at noon.
All Day Reenactor only campaign
8:00 p.m. Artillery night firing at Artillery Demonstration Field, across from the museum. (Cannons to be inspected before firing. Viewers must stay outside fence.)
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Old Fashioned Barn Dance and dance instruction under the Ball Tent! Open to all participants. Period attire is not required.
12:00 p.m. Quiet Time – All generators off!
Saturday Schedule Detail
Saturday Schedule for Olustee Battle Reenactment
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration open. Front gate closed to all traffic until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
You must park outside gate to register. You will be instructed to take an alternate route to drive to your area. A map will be provided in your registration packet. You will not be admitted through alternate entrances without the proper permits.
8:00 a.m. Colors at Museum/Monument Field. Mandatory for all units. The day’s announcements, schedule changes and roll call will be made at this time.
Immediately following colors: Shuttle buses to Lake City for parade will load at park entrance. A light breakfast will be provided for all parade participants in Lake City. Come to Colors prepared to board buses.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Authentic campsites open to the public. Please post guards and police your areas.
9:30 a.m. All horses, buggies and wagons take parade positions in Lake City.
9:45 a.m. All parade units in position in Lake City.
10:30 a.m. Parade in Lake City. Starts at Department of Transportation building, travels north on S. Marion to U.S. 90, then west on U.S. 90. Disbands near Columbia County School Board Administrative Offices.
11:00 a.m. Artillery inspection. All artillery guns and crews must be present. Participation is mandatory for each man and each piece in order to participate in firing activities during any part of the event.
11:00 a.m. Presentation under the Ball Tent: The Service of “People of Color” in the Civil War.
12:00 p.m. Period music concert at demonstration area.
1:00 p.m. Medical demonstration for the public at the Medical tent. All medical units are invited to participate.
1:30 p.m. Ladies Tea at the Ball Tent. Program: TBA
2:30 p.m. Period music concert at the Battlefield.
3:00 p.m. Pyrotechnics field orientation for reenactors.
3:30 p.m. Battle reenactment begins on the battlefield.
8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Battle of Olustee Ball at the Ball Tent. Period attire required. Participants only.
12:00 p.m. Quiet Time. All generators off!
Sunday Schedula Detail
Sunday Schedule for Olustee Battle Reenactment
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration closes at 11:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Colors on Museum/Monument Grounds. Mandatory for all units. The day’s announcements. schedule changes and roll call will be made at this time. Streamers will be given out by groups at this time.
9:00 a.m. Union Monument Ceremony. Those wishing to march after colors to the Union Monument for the annual observance are invited to join in.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Authentic campsites open to the public. Please post guards and police your areas.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Medical demonstration at the Medical tent. All medical units are invited to participate.
9:30 a.m. Artillery Units. Stipends issued to gun owners at Artillery Camp headquarters.
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cavalry drill coordination. Pyrotechnics orientation for reenactors.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Period church services in Authentic Camps and under the Ball Tent.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Period music concert at the Battlefield.
12:45 p.m. All units form up on Battlefield at assigned positions.
1:00 p.m. Safety inspection. Mandatory for all participants.
1:30 p.m. Battle of Olustee begins – Florida’s largest Civil War battle
2:45 p.m. Formal retreat for Final Volley and Thanks.
3:00 p.m. Reenactors, sulters and exhibitors wishing to spend the night may stay until Monday. Exit through back gates only until 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. All gates open for reenactors to exit.

Parking: Beginning in 2019, public parking is NOT allowed along US 90, at or close to the battlefield, with the exception of persons with a disability placard. FREE bus shuttle service is provided from the Dowling Center, 1.5 miles EAST of the Battlefield on U.S. 90, directly across from the Baker County Correctional Institutional. No shuttle buses will operate west of the Battlefield.

Stay another day and come back next year!
Reenactors, sulters and other exhibitors wishing to spend the night after the Olustee Battle Reenactment may stay until Monday.

For More Information
Call 877-635-3655; Email olusteecso@yahoo.com,

Spectator Tips for Olustee Battle Reenactment

Camps: While a number of the Olustee Battle Reenactment participants camp in the modern area, most camp in Civil War style—from tents in all sizes and styles to campaign (no tents and just what they can carry on their backs). The camps are everywhere. Many are strictly military, others are civilian and still others are combined. Visitors/spectators are encouraged to visit the authentic camps, wander among the campfires, listen to the soldiers and civilians and ask questions. While you should not wander through the modern reenactor camps, you are welcome to visit the authentic Federal (Union) infantry and civilian camps, the combined Federal and Confederate cavalry and artillery camps, and the Confederate infantry and civilian camps.

Olustee Battle Reenactment Mini-Gallery