February 20: Battle of Olustee

On this date in 1864, the largest battle of the Civil War fought in Florida took place in Baker County. Explore photos of the Olustee Battlefield and other resources related to the Civil War in Florida.

February 20: Battle of Olustee

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Olustee Battlefield

Photos of the Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site from Exploring Florida. This was the largest Civil War battle in Florida.

Florida's Role in the Civil War

This two-page PDF is a part of the “Florida Then and Now” reading series on the Exploring Florida website. Over 70 Florida history passages are available a web pages and as PDFs, along with teacher notes, questions, and student activities. Each is written at the upper elementary reading level.

Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida

The Battle of Natural Bridge was the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and prevented Tallahassee from falling into Union hands. Photos from the Exploring Florida website.

Florida Maps: Civil War & Reconstruction Era

A collection of Florida maps from 1860 through 1879 including those showing military posts, forts, blockade lines, and territory held by Union forces. From FCIT’s Maps ETC website.

Fort Jefferson Photos

Fort Jefferson, located on the Dry Tortugas, remained in Union hands throughout the Civil War and was used to harbor ships participating in the blockade of the South. Photos from the Exploring Florida website.

Fort Pickens, Pensacola

Fort Pickens was one of only three southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the entire Civil War. Photos from the Exploring Florida website.

Brooksville Raid

Four galleries of photos of the annual re-enactment of the Brooksville Raid from the Exploring Florida website. The original event (more a skirmish than the large battlefield re-enactment) was designed to deprive the Confederacy of supplies.

Castillo de San Marcos iBook

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, was held by the Confederacy from 1861 until March 11, 1862. The iBook is a part of the Hispanic Heritage Series created by FCIT for the National Park Service.

Castillo de San Marcos Photos

Over 300 photos and drawings of the Castillo de San Marcos from the ClipPix ETC website. The Castillo was held by Confederate troops for just over a year during the Civil War.

Historic Photos of the Civil War in Florida

A small collection of historic black-and-white photos related to the Civil War in Florida from the Exploring Florida website.

At the Dry Tortugas During the War

At the Dry Tortugas During the War is an account written by Emily Holder describing her memories of Fort Jefferson during the Civil war. Audiobook and PDFs available from Lit2Go. Reading level: 9.0, Total word count: 37,242

Slave Narratives

Thirty-four slave narratives describing the conditions before, during, and after the Civil War. From the Exploring Florida website.

Suwanee River Earthworks

Small collection of photos taken at the site of Confederate earthworks to defend the railroad bridge across the Suwanee River. From the Exploring Florida website.

Additional Civil War resources for context:

Civil War Maps of the US

Over 130 Civil War maps including regional seats of the war, battle and campaign maps, and territories held by Confederate and Union forces. From FCIT’s Maps ETC website.

Land Battle Illustrations

Over 250 illustrations of land battles that were fought between the Union and the Confederacy from the ClipArt ETC website.

Naval Battle Illustrations

Nineteenth century naval battle illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Camp Life Illustrations

Nineteenth century camp life illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.

Important Events Illustrations

Over a hundred illustrations of other important Civil War events from the ClipArt ETC website.

Civil War Locations

Illustrations of places that are famous due to battles or other events during the Civil War, from the ClipArt ETC website.

Miscellaneous Civil War Illustrations

Miscellaneous illustrations of the American Civil War from the ClipArt ETC website.

Miscellaneous Photos

Various photos, primarily of monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, from the ClipPix ETC website.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Speech given by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Available as an audio file and as a PDF from the Lit2Go website. Reading level: 10.9, Word count: 278

The Emancipation Proclamation

Audiobook of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863 from the Lit2Go website.