Company C, 2nd Florida Cavalry
January 17, 1929
[Editor's note: This account was written by Lawrence Jackson 65 years after the battle. As such there are a number of inaccuracies, beginning with the date of the battle which Mr. Jackson has off by an entire year. I have reproduced the account exactly as it was written by Mr. Jackson, including spelling errors, and given to me by James M. Gray. Text in brackets [example] was added by myself to assist the reader in understanding the narrative and not to change it. - Thomas R. Fasulo]
Lawrence Jackson's narrative begins...
Past Honorary Commander for Life
Florida Division, U.C.V.
[Editor's Note: Obviously, Mr. Jackson's "remembering" was clouded by 65 years of telling tales around the "cracker barrel." But who can blame him? Those few days were probably the most exciting and proudest of his life. For what is probably the fairest and most honest account of the Battle of Olustee, I suggest Col. Harrison's official report to his superiors. - Thomas R. Fasulo]
Bob McLendon (firstname.lastname@example.org), of Gainesville, FL, is a captain in a 2nd Florida Cavalry reenacting unit. He has provided the following additional information on Lawrence Jackson:
"Lawrence Jackson was the last in 2nd Florida Cavalry to be paroled, as he at first refused to be paroled. He was an interesting person, and there are a lot of colorful stories about him. He always carried a pistol on him. He was Commander of the Stonewall Jackson Camp of the UCV in Gainesville, and was Honorary General for Life of the Florida Division of the UCV. His participation in the fight in Gainesville in February 1864, just before Olustee, is quite exciting. His lieutenant, and his horse, had gone down as they approached the Federals behind cotton bales at present-day University Avenue and Main Street. Jackson dismounted, sword in hand, and charged the Federals before hoisting his wounded lieutenant onto his horse and carrying him off. Jackson is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, dying a couple of weeks after he wrote his account of Olustee."
In addition, a search of the roster of Company C, 2nd Florida Cavalry, lists Lawrence Jackson as being wounded while pursuing deserters on January 5, 1865.
Other Letters from Olustee
Battle of Olustee home page