42nd Annual Reenactment
of the Battle of Olustee

Tentative Schedule of Events
(subject to change)

February 16 - 18, 2018

No Pets

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Early setup - EARLY SET-UP. Early registration opens. You must register and pick up parking passes and ID cards.
Reenactors, Do not arrive before Thursday. You will not be allowed to set up prior to Thursday.

3:00 p.m. Safety meeting for overall commanders, safety coordinators, safety assistants, and pyrotechnician at the Ball Tent.

Friday, February 16th, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Registration. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER UPON ARRIVAL. Your returned preregistration forms are used only for planning. When you arrive, you must register, sign waivers, and pick up parking cards.

8:00 a.m. Back Gate (250-A) opens.

8:30 a.m. Colors on Museum/Monument Field. The day's announcements, schedule changes, messages, etc., will be made at this time. Early arrivals are expected to attend at this time.

8:45 a.m. Wreath Laying

9:00 a.m. Civil War Memorial Service at Oaklawn Cemetery, Lake City, on W. Franklin Street (off 41 N)

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tours and medical demonstrations for school children and groups. Anyone who can help with school children and all Medical Units are asked to assist with either 10-minute living history presentations or as group guides.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Educational Exhibits and Programs under the Ball tent.

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entertainment, arts, crafts and food booths in Lake City with opening ceremonies at noon.

All Day Reenactor only campaign

8:00 p.m. Artillery night firing at Artillery Demonstration Field, across from the museum. (Cannons to be inspected before firing. Viewers must stay outside fence.)

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Old Fashioned Barn Dance and dance instruction under the Ball Tent! Open to all participants. Period attire is not required.

12:00 p.m. Quiet Time - All generators off!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Registration open. Front gate closed to all traffic until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

You must park outside gate to register. You will be instructed to take an alternate route to drive to your area. A map will be provided in your registration packet. You will not be admitted through alternate entrances without the proper permits.

8:00 a.m. Colors at Museum/Monument Field. Mandatory for all units. The day's announcements, schedule changes and roll call will be made at this time.

Immediately following colors Shuttle buses to Lake City for parade will load at park entrance. A light breakfast will be provided for all parade participants in Lake City. Come to Colors prepared to board buses.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Authentic campsites open to the public. Please post guards and police your areas.

9:30 a.m. All horses, buggies and wagons take parade positions in Lake City.

9:45 a.m. All parade units in position in Lake City.

10:30 a.m. Parade in Lake City. Starts at Department of Transportation building, travels north on S. Marion to U.S. 90, then west on U.S. 90. Disbands near Columbia County School Board Administrative Offices.

11:00 a.m. Artillery inspection. All artillery guns and crews must be present. Participation is mandatory for each man and each piece in order to participate in firing activities during any part of the event.

11:00 a.m. Presentation under the Ball Tent: The Service of "People of Color" in the Civil War.

12:00 p.m. Period music concert at demonstration area.

1:00 p.m. Medical demonstration for the public at the Medical tent. All medical units are invited to participate.

1:30 p.m. Ladies Tea at the Ball Tent. Program: TBA

2:30 p.m. Period music concert at the Battlefield.

3:00 p.m. Pyrotechnics field orientation for reenactors.

3:30 p.m. Battle reenactment begins on the battlefield.

8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Battle of Olustee Ball at the Ball Tent. Period attire required. Participants only.

12:00 p.m. Quiet Time. All generators off!

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration closes at 11:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Colors on Museum/Monument Grounds. Mandatory for all units. The day's announcements. schedule changes and roll call will be made at this time. Streamers will be given out by groups at this time.

9:00 a.m. Union Monument Ceremony. Those wishing to march after colors to the Union Monument for the annual observance are invited to join in.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Authentic campsites open to the public. Please post guards and police your areas.

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Medical demonstration at the Medical tent. All medical units are invited to participate.

9:30 a.m. Artillery Units. Stipends issued to gun owners at Artillery Camp headquarters.

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cavalry drill coordination. Pyrotechnics orientation for reenactors.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Period church services in Authentic Camps and under the Ball Tent.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Period music concert at the Battlefield.

12:45 p.m. All units form up on Battlefield at assigned positions.

1:00 p.m. Safety inspection. Mandatory for all participants.

1:30 p.m. 42nd Annual Reenactment and 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Olustee begins - Florida's largest Civil War battle

2:45 p.m. Formal retreat for Final Volley and Thanks.

3:00 p.m. Reenactors, sulters and other exhibitors wishing to spend the night may stay until Monday. Please plan to attend the 43rd Annual Battle of Olustee Reenactment next year on February 15-17, 2019, during the battle's 155th Anniversary. Everyone have a pleasant and safe ride home. Thank you for your assistance and attendance. Exit through back gates only until 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. All gates open for reenactors to exit.

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