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GALLERY: Thousands Gather for 150th Anniversary of Civil War Battle


LAKE CITY, Fla. — Shots rang out as Civil War soldiers took the field Sunday morning during the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Re-enactment.

This year’s re-enacment marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle — the largest fought in Florida. The event was hosted at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, outside of Lake City, and drew spectators from all over the country.

Festivities included a Civil War Memorial Service, nighttime artillery firing, authentic campsites, a period music concert and medical demonstrations. Sunday’s battle — preceded by a revival church service — unfolded just as it did in history books, ending with a formal retreat by Union forces.

Flip through the following images to see how participants spent the weekend:

All photos taken by WUFT News photographer Ryan Jones.

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