Civil War reenactment to draw thousands
The reenactment of Florida’s largest Civil War battle at Olustee is expected to draw around 2000 participants this Sunday. Lake City Mayor and Blue-Gray Army Commanding General Stephen Witt says the purpose of the reenactment is to pay homage to all Americans who fought in the Civil War.
“It’s to remember all the soldiers who died at Olustee, it’s not just Southerners or any particular group it’s to recognize the whole thing. It’s a part of history, a part of our history,” he says.
The reenactment will take place at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park beginning at 1:30 PM. A number of events, including arts and crafts and free food will lead up to the reenactment.
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