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Olustee

On February 20th, 1864, General Truman A. Seymour’s Union Army of 5,500 troops and sixteen cannons arrived in the area of Ocean Pond and Olustee Station on their way to Lake City, Florida. Despite the name, Ocean Pond was in fact a large lake. General Seymour’s plan was to destroy the Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad bridge on the Suwannee River. He did this without orders. Had his superior commander, General Quincy A. Gillmore, received his dispatch in time, he would have been ordered back to his base. He decided to make this move based on a report that there were not that many troops in that area. Private Abraham J. Palmer, Co. D of the 48th New York Infantry remembered the landscape, “The march to and from Olustee was a terrible one, the roads often running through swamps where the water was knee deep…” [1] The landscape was not all bad though, “often the sandy roads ran through pine forests, and the resinous odors of the trees gave a balmy fragrance to the air…” [2]

Endnotes

1. Abraham J. Palmer, The history of the Forty-eighth Regiment, New York State Volunteers, in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 (Brooklyn: Veteran association of the Regiment, 1885.) p. 133.
2. Abraham J. Palmer, The history of the Forty-eighth Regiment, New York State Volunteers, in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 (Brooklyn: Veteran association of the Regiment, 1885.) p. 133.
3. James E. Reid, 115th Scrapbook p. 21.
4. ibid.
5. James H. Clark, The Iron Hearted Regiment: Being an Account of the Battles, Marches and Gallant Deeds Performed by the 115th N. Y. Vols. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1865) p. 88.
6. ibid.
7.Abraham J. Palmer, The History of the Forty-eighth regiment, New York state volunteers, in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 p. 135.
8. ibid.
9. Abraham J. Palmer, The History of the Forty-eighth regiment, New York state volunteers, in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 p. 136.
10. A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Prepared Under the Direction of the Secretary of War, By Bvt. Lieut. Col. Robert N. Scott, Third U.S. Artillery and Published Pursuant Act of Congress Approved June 16, 1880. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880) Series I Vol. 35 Part I p. 302.
11.James H. Clark, The Iron Hearted Regiment: Being an Account of the Battles, Marches and Gallant Deeds Performed by the 115th N. Y. Vols. p. 89
12. ibid.
13. ibid.

Other Sources

Links to unit pages

47th New York Volunteer Infantry

48th New York Volunteer Infantry

115th New York Volunteer Infantry

 

 

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