HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Jacksonville, Fla., March 10, 1864
The brigadier-general commanding recurs with great satisfaction to the conduct of his troops in their late battle, and desires to convey to them in the most public manner his full appreciation of their steadfast courage on that well-contested field.
Against superior numbers, holding a position chosen by themselves, you were all but successful. For four hours you stood face to face with the enemy, and when the battle ended--and it ceased only with night--you sent him cheers of defiance.
In your repulse there was perhaps misfortune, but neither disaster nor disgrace, and every officer and soldier may forever remember with just pride that he fought at Olustee.
By order of Brig. Gen. T. Seymour:
Copied from The Official Records of the War of Rebellion.