view of a historical marker that reads, "Food for the Confederate armies:
On February, 20, 1864, Union forces were defeated by the Confederates
at the Battle of Olustee. These Union troops were marching west from Jacksonville
to destroy the strategic railroad bridge over the Suwannee River here
at the town of Columbus. This would have cut Florida's supply lines to
other parts of the south. The loss of beef produced in Florida might have
been disastrous to the Confederate armies. The concrete foundations here
are all that remain of that important bridge. The earthen fort was constructed
to protect the bridge and control river traffic."
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