Stop the "Special" Monument at Olustee
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In 1912 a Monument commemorating the Battle and Forces of BOTH sides was erected by a Monument Commission established by State of Florida.
Current ‘balanced’ text on the current Federal/Confederate/Battle Monument erected in 1912 by the Commission established by Florida Law:
“The Battle of Olustee was Fought on this Ground February 20th 1864
Between 5,000 Confederate Troops Commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal Troops under General Truman Seymour.
The Federals were defeated with a loss of 2,000 men. The Confederate loss was less than 1,000.”
Now, on the 150th anniversary, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War feels a special monument is justified, claiming that there is no monument to Federal forces on the site. Visitors to the site know that a large monument only to Federal Forces was dedicated in 1962 - the Centennial of the Battle by the same group, making this a disingenuous claim.
The land the monument sits on was procured by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and eventually donated to the State of Florida for this re-unification monument. Some modest additions have been made over the years, but the balanced text is the prominent feature.
There are many reasons to object to this Special monument:
1. disruption of hallowed ground,
2. if one 'special' monument is allowed, how many more 'special' monuments must then in fairness be approved, possibly creating a checkerboard of monuments on the site,
and many more.
Appeals have been made to the Park Service but they seem to be dead set, so its is time for the citizens voice to be heard.
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