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

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LAKE CITY — 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:

The sign outside the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A reenactor frames his shot as he prepares to take an image with a functional large format camera at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Union reenactor lies down at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A camp at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A cup of coffee sits atop a wooden box at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A reenactor reaches into their trunk at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A smoking pipe and a book of matches sit atop a tree stump at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Union reenactor looks at the camera while filling gunpodwer cartridges at at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A wooden sign displays the regiment reenactors belong to at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Assorted knick-knacks sit on a desk at a camp at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A wooden sign displays the regiment reenactors belong to at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Confederate reenactor smokes his pipe while weapons inspections take place at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A reenactor inspects a weapon prior to Confederate forces forming up at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Confederate reenactor sits atop his horse at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Confederate reenactor holds his weapon at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A reenactor holds his sword at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

An apple sits atop a Confederate reenactor’s sword as he marches towards the battlefield at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members salute a Confederate reenactor as he makes his way to the battlefield at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A woman in period dress offers cookies to Confederate reenactors as they head to the battlefield at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

An infant in period dress smiles as she is picked up at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate reenactors march to the battlefield at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A member of the US Park Service stands ready to extinguish flames at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate forces take cover as artillery hits nearby at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate advance at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A reenactor portraying Confederate brigadier general Joseph Finnegan sits atop his horse at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Union soldiers are ordered to fire at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Confederate reenactor acts wounded as he is aided by his comrades at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate forces are ordered to fire at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate reenactors take aim at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A trumpeteer signals for Union for Union forces to retreat at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Union reenactor pretends to be dead at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Confederate forces overtake a retreating Union army at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

Union soldiers surrender to Confederate forces at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

A Union reenactor stands posed while reenactors pose for a picture behind at the 38th Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park outside of Lake City Sunday.

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