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    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    in february 1864 union general quincy gillmore ordered general truman seymour to make an expedition into north florida to cut confederate supply lines and to recruit negro soldiers. on february 20th 1864 seymour's troops met the confederates commanded by general joseph finnegan CSA at olustee. seymour commanded three colored regiments including the 54th massachusetts that had fought at the battle of fort wagner in south carolina. the battle of olustee was the largest battle of the civil war fought in florida. after a five hour engagement the union troops retreated to jacksonville. pictured is a monument to the battle erected in 1912. every february there is a re-enactment of the battle of olustee. scenes for the 1989 movie "glory" were shot during one of these re-enactments. at the site you can take a one mile walk around the battlefield which has informative postings about the battle.

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    by doug48 Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    this monument is located in the square at the columbia county court house in lake city. 15 miles east of lake city is the olustee battlefield state park.

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    by doug48 Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    pictured is the train station built in 1888 in the tiny town of olustee. the olustee depot has a museum about the town of olustee and of the battle of olustee.

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    by doug48 Written Apr 10, 2008

    the cool water grill is a very good seafood restaurant in lake city. the restaurant has a north florida "key west" decor but the food is very good and moderately priced. just a short drive on US 90 from the I-75 exit it is a nice change of pace from the interstate exit fast food fare.

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    by doug48 Written Apr 10, 2008

    ken's is a very good barbeque restaurant on US90 in lake city. established in 1968 ken's is a lake city institution. well worth the couple minute drive east of the I-75 exit on US90 to ken's. like most towns near the interstate the best restaurants are just a couple of minutes off the interstate exit.

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    by tampabay Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: This is an Old Historic Town Pre-Dating the civil War, good for a day excursion, I passed through here on the way to Olustee Battlefield.

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