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31st Annual BLUE-GREY ARMY

OLUSTEE BATTLE FESTIVAL

February 13th & 14th, 2009

33rd Annual Re-enactment February 16th, 2009 “145TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF OLUSTEE” Presented by: First Federal Savings Bank In association with the Suwannee Valley Community Foundation


February 13, 2009 Citizens and Visitors, It is my privilege in my second year as the Commanding General of the Blue-Grey Army to welcome you to our 31st Festival and 33rd Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee. On behalf of our community, I extend you a warm welcome from Lake City and Columbia County. We are especially pleased to welcome you this year because this is the 145th anniversary of the battle and the 150th year since the community of Alligator was re-named to Lake City. Whether this is your first visit or an annual tradition with you, we believe that you will find this year's Festival to be a very special event. The loyal volunteers of the Blue-Grey Army have once again outdone themselves to make this year's Festival and Reenactment the very best ever. Members of the Blue-Grey Army will be rewarded as they participate with you in enjoying the sights and sounds, delicious foods, arts and crafts displays, entertainment and authentically garbed reenactors. I want to thank all of these wonderful volunteers for their commitment to this great event. I encourage you to use this program as a guide to help you enjoy the weekend to the fullest. Those of you who arrive early should not miss the 2 hour free musical event on Thursday night. Early Friday morning will be marked by a solemn and moving Memorial Service at the Oaklawn Cemetery. From that point on, downtown Lake City is full of the sights and sounds of the Festival with something to offer everyone in your family. Later on Friday afternoon, there will be a skirmish on the banks of Lake DeSoto and a reenactment of the naval battle between the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (Merrimac) on the lake. On Saturday, all of the arts and crafts and vendor booths are open all day and the parade with all of the horses, carriages, and reenactors along with many other participants begins at 10:30 AM. There are more events throughout the afternoon culminating with a square dance Saturday night. Sunday is the day of the battle which is an authentic representation of the only major Civil War battle fought in Florida, taking you back in time to February 20, 1864. Make plans to arrive at the battlefield early to enjoy the tour, the Union and Confederate encampments and sutlers' tents before the battle begins at 1:30 PM. I am confident that you will have a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing you every year in Lake City at Festival time. Sincerely

Tom Coleman Commanding General, Blue-Grey Army

Family History of our Commanding General. Reddin Britt was born September 19, 1801. He married Delilah (Zila) Lewis on January 2, 1828. Reddin and Zila had nine children. All of the sons of Reddin Britt served in the Confederate Army, Company B, 50th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry except the youngest, Samuel, who was only 13 years old at the time. Photograph of Alvin Gatewood Britt, born July 31, 1842, the great great grandfather of Commanding General Tom Coleman.

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O FFICIAL P ROGRAM Photos & artwork courtesy Blue-Grey Army, Inc • Columbia County TDC

Abraham Lincoln (Tad Allen) & General Robert E. Lee (Jim Adams) ....................................................14 Arts & Crafts..........................................................................................................................................6 Battle of Olustee Descendants ..........................................................................................................26-27 Battlefield Schedule of Events..................................................................................................................11 Blue-Grey Pioneer Families ....................................................................................................................19 Blue-Grey Army Officers & Committees ................................................................................................31 Blue-Grey Army Past Commanding Generals ........................................................................................19 Blue-Grey Army’s Guest Speaker & Guest Author ..................................................................................8 Running “Reb” Fun Run ......................................................................................................................22 Blue-Grey Membership Application ........................................................................................................23 Board of County Commissioners ............................................................................................................30 Columbia County Historical Museum ....................................................................................................28 Commanding General’s Letter ..................................................................................................................2 Entertainment Schedule (Downtown)................................................................................................12-13 Food (Battlefield)....................................................................................................................................10 Food (Downtown) ....................................................................................................................................7 Mayor’s Letter ........................................................................................................................................4 Merchandising ......................................................................................................................................22 Oaklawn Cemetery Memorial Service........................................................................................................9 Olustee Festival Pageant ........................................................................................................................25 Parade..............................................................................................................................................20-21 Parade Marshall, 2008..........................................................................................................................15 Proclamation ............................................................................................................................................4 Schedule of Events ..................................................................................................................................5 Sheriff’s Department ............................................................................................................................22 Sponsors................................................................................................................................................29 Square Dance........................................................................................................................................24 Statement of Policy ................................................................................................................................22 Thirty Years of Olustee “A Look Back” ............................................................................................16-18 United States Post Office ......................................................................................................................23

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Mayor-Councilman STEPHEN M. WITT

City of Lake City

Vice-Mayor-Councilman GEORGE WARD Council Members JAKE HILL, JR. EUGENE JEFFERSON MELINDA MOSES

205 N. MARION AVE. LAKE CITY, FLORIDA 32055

City Attorney HERBERT F. DARBY

TELEPHONE: (386) 752-2031 FAX: (386) 752-4896

City Manager SCOTT REYNOLDS City Clerk AUDREY E. SIKES

February 15, 2008 As Mayor of Lake City it is my pleasure to welcome you and all visitors to our community to witness and participate in the Blue-Grey Army’s annual festival. The Olustee Battle Festival and Re-enactment is celebrating the thirty-first anniversary of the event. It has become a tradition to pay tribute to those brave souls, both blue and grey uniformed patriots, who valiantly fought for what they believed. The ceremony at nine o’clock in the Oaklawn Cemetery is an appropriate beginning to mark our place in history. Following this, you may want to visit the Lake City Historical Museum, Memorial Park and fountain in DeSoto Lake, or make yourself at home at Olustee Park. You are urged to visit our area stores and vendors to satisfy your palate or your shopping needs. The parade and other major activities take place on Marion Avenue, in the parks, and a skirmish will take place at Lake DeSoto. The Re-enactment will be at the Olustee Battlefield on Sunday. Shuttles will be available for the ride to Olustee Battlefield. Please have a safe and enjoyable visit to Lake City and come again soon! Sincerely, Stephen M. Witt, Mayor

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE RE-ENACTMENT DAYS February 13-15, 2009 WHEREAS, on February 20, 1864, our forefathers fought a brutal battle against invading Federal troops, taking a defensive stand amidst the pristine pines of Olustee Field east of Lake City, Florida; and WHEREAS, when the call to arms went out that bitter winter day, Confederate soldiers took up their weapons and fought fiercely, spurred by knowing not only would the South rise again, but with God’s grace it would never faIl; and WHEREAS, battle raged for half a day, but by dusk the Confederacy prevailed as Union troops retreated north, leaving Lake City a stronghold for the south; and WHEREAS, present day Lake City is steeped in history, thriving on a firm foundation of freedom and pride set long ago by brave, valiant soldiers; and WHEREAS, we preserve and promote our past by teaching local history in area schools, so that our children may remember those who sacrificed their lives to preserve this great nation; and WHEREAS, by holding this festival and re-enactment, we pay homage to those before us who sacrificed immensely so we may live in a peaceful, democratic society and carry forth our Southern heritage proudly and justly; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stephen M. Witt, Mayor of the City of Lake City, Florida, do hereby proclaim February 13-15, 2009 as

“BATTLE OF OLUSTEE RE-ENACTMENT DAYS” and do so call upon all citizens to come forward and participate in this event, so we may remember an era of our past history that set precedence for what we have become in the present as we blaze the trail towards our future. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused this seal to be affixed this 17th day of January, 2009

STEPHEN M. WITT, Mayor City of Lake City, Florida

Seal of the City of Lake City State of Florida

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2009 Annual Olustee Battle Festival Festival Events...

Friday, February 13, 2009

9:00am

Civil War Memorial Service (Oaklawn Cemetery- W. Franklin Street)

9:00am - 6:00pm Arts/Crafts/Collectibles Food Booths Open Entertainment Public Service Children’s Area 12pm (noon) Official Festival Opening Ceremony (Main Stage-Gazebo) 5:00pm

Battle between the Monitor and Merrimac along with re-enactment Skirmish at Lake DeSoto

6:00pm

Entertainment ends.

Blue-Grey One Mile Fun Run around Lake DeSoto (Awards presented on Stage after the Run)

9:00am - 6:00pm Arts/Crafts/Collectibles & Food Booths Entertainment Public Service Children’s Area 10:30am

9:00am - 2:00pm Class Tours by School Children of Camp Sites NOTE: Admission $2 Per Person Re-enactors and Sutlers arriving throughout the day and setting up their camps

Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:00am

Presentation of Colors

9:00am - 5:00pm (PARK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Reenactment Camp & Sutlers Row Admission at gate- $7 Adult, $3 Students Pre-School- 5yrs. and under FREE

2:30pm

Period Music Concert at Battlefield

3:30pm

Battle

Sunday, February 15, 2009 8:30am

Blue-Grey Square Dance (Rountree-Moore Toyota Indoor Showroom)

ENTERTAINMENT DOWNTOWN Events scheduled throughout both Friday and Saturday.

Presentation of Colors

9:00am - 3:00pm (PARK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Reenactment Camp & Sutlers Row Admission at gate- $7 Adult, $3 Students Pre-School- 5yrs. and under FREE

Annual Olustee Civil War Parade (From S. Marion Ave. to U.S. 90 W.)

12pm (noon) Visiting Dignitaries, Parade Marshall, Miss Olustee Winners, Olustee Family and Pioneer Family guests to appear on the Stage Short Presentation by Blue-Grey Army, Inc. 7:45pm

Friday, February 13, 2009

9-10:30am Visiting Author at Ball Tent; Lecture Series

Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:30am

Battlefield Events...

33rd Annual Olustee Battle Reenactment “145th Anniversary of the Battle of Olustee” NOTE: Please No Pets Allowed At Battlefield (Park) SPECIAL NOTES

1:30pm

• Friday, February 13th, 2009... Admission is $2 per person. • At the Battlefield . . . If you are planning to attend the Re-enactment go early and enjoy a walk through the authentic camp sites and Sutler’s Row. Bleacher seating available for viewing of battle. •Food is available - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Olustee Village located at the Park. •Transportation - Park n’ Ride - The Blue-Grey Army has a Park ‘n Ride service leaving from the Lake City Airport (U.S. 90 east) and the Baker County Prison Center beginning at 1:30pm Saturday and 9:00am Sunday morning. Minimum bus charge is $1.00 for adults and .50¢ for students. Pre-school children free.

TIMES AND EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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2009 OLUSTEE ARTS AND CRAFTS KIDDIE S TATIO Howard Kilgore-M N! oo

n Monkey (Airbrush crafts ) Steve Crawford -Tiny Mite Choo Ch oo Kathy Young-Spide r Mountain Dan & Jane LigisPony Rides Angela Young- Ka thy’s Rocks, Inflatables, etc.

We have an excellent selection of vendors this year with a wide array of crafts for your viewing and purchasing. We hope you enjoy them! Nancy & Lynn Nicely and Lynn Reeves Blue-Grey Army, Inc., Arts & Crafts Co-Chairmen

Sponsored By: BUDWEISER & ROUNTREE-MOORE FORD/TOYOTA

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FOOD AT THE FESTIVAL There is a wide variety of food available at this years Olustee Battle Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Lake City on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th, 2009. We have several food vendors offering a seemingly endless selection of delights ranging from tried and true favorites to the exotic. We have a wide assortment of cultural foods available including Asian, Jamaican, Cajun, Mexican, as well as Southern and good old American. Also, featured are specialty coffees,fruit smoothies, and the like, plus the usual fare of festival treats like cotton candy, funnel cakes, and ices. All of our food vendors can be found around Olustee Park in front of the Columbia County Courthouse, or between Desoto Street and Hamilton Street in the paved parking lot on Marion Avenue next to the children's attractions. We invite you all to come and see this year's Olustee Battle Arts & Crafts Festival with some amazing entertainment, Skirmish and Battle of the Ironclads, Parade & Olustee Battle Reenactment. It will be a banner year and a terrific time for the whole family. See you there! Elizabeth & Andrew Porter and Lynn Reeves, Olustee Food Vendors Chairs

SPONSORED BY COCA-COLA & S&S FOOD STORES

A Special Thanks to

Kiwanis Club for their Help in this Year’s Festival! (*Food vendors subject to change)

OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET “Home cookin’ the way Mama does it”

Proud Sponsor of the 2008 Olustee Battle Festival! VOTED BEST BUFFET & Southern Cooking Restaurant 7 years in a row!

Lake City Mall • Hwy. 90

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BLUE-GREY ARMY’S GUEST AUTHOR

BOB O’ CONNOR It has been my long time dream to write a book. Now I have finished three and am in the process of writing three more! At age 63, I guess I just blossomed late. Here is a little background on me. I live in Charles Town, West Virginia, close to most of the sites of these books. I write about the Civil War, so my area of influence is probably somewhere between Gettysburg, PA and Lexington, VA. I have been involved in public speaking for years and years. Since 2006, my speaking engagements have spanned 11 states and the District of Columbia. I speak at libraries, schools, civic organizations, Civil War Round Tables, book clubs, and to most anyone who will listen. I speak for free but do require expenses when I have to travel far or stay overnight. My interest in history goes back to a trip in 1958 to Galesburg, IL where I attended the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Carl Sandburg was the featured speaker. I have worked full time and part time as a newspaper reporter, and at various jobs -- many that required writing press releases, news articles, or reports. While director of Tourism in Washington County, Maryland, I became involved in touring local places like Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. I was hooked. My staff thought I was an expert, but really I knew just enough to get by. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. Along the way I was privileged to work with Superintendent Rich Rambur, and he allowed me to start two marvelous events at the Antietam Battlefield that are still going strong. They are the Independence Concert at Antietam Battlefield in July and the Memorial Illumination at Antietam Battlefield in December. Fortunately for me and the community, Rich was an "out of the box thinker" and didn't get the government manual out and just say "those things aren't allowed in National Parks". I have always collected books on three historical characters - Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and John

Brown. Imagine my surprise when I ended up living in Charles Town, West Virginia - a place John Brown and John Wilkes Booth had both visited in late 1859. Thus, the inspiration for the first novel "The Perfect Steel Trap Harpers Ferry 1859". The book has been named a Finalist in the 2006 Best Book Awards by USA Book News. The inspiration for my second novel "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln" was the intrigue of finding a local man, Ward Hill Lamon, who was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Most people I talked to had never heard about him. Even though he is mentioned in most nonfiction books about Lincoln (there are 44,781 listed on Amazon.com), no book has ever been written about him. I think it is my charge to bring his name to light. That book is also available as an unabridged audio book - with 5 CDs and a running time of 6:01. The audio book has been given two national awards - it was named runner-up in the National Indie Excellence Awards and was named a finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards by USA Book News. My third book, "Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War" is my best book. (I should be getting better, shouldn't I?) Catesby has been called "the Forest Gump of the Civil War". Catesby, a real blacksmith and slave to Lewis Washington, great grand nephew of George Washington, is a real man who I put in real situations so he can tell you what happened there. One of those places is on the wagons driving Alexander Gardner, photographer at Antietam battlefield. Another of those real places is Andersonville Prison. I graduated from Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois and have a Biology degree (go figure) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. I live close to my son, Craig, and my daughter, Kelli, and my six grand children. Besides writing, I work part time for both the Jefferson County CVB and for the City of Charles Town. I also do volunteer work for Harper's Ferry National Historical Park and write for several local and regional publications. My next book is called "A House Divided Against Itself" and is about William and Wesley Culp. Both were from Gettysburg, PA. William joined the Union army, while his brother Wesley joined the Confederate Army. They encountered each other on the battlefield at Second Winchester. Look for the book to be published in Spring of 2009. I am also writing the Centennial History of the Town of Ranson WV for their 2010 celebration.

Educational Outreach Programs Sponsored By: LAKE CITY MEDICAL CENTER & HAMPTON INN & SUITES

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OAKLAWN CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE Gravesite of 100 Olustee Battle Unknown Soldiers Buried at Oaklawn Cemetery Friday, February 13, 2009 • 9:00 A.M. Call to Order....................................................................................................................................Dr. Alfonso Levy Chief of Staff, Blue-Grey Army Posting of Colors ......................................................................................Company B, Sixth Florida Battalion, CSA Company B, 47th New York, Company E, Sixth Florida Invocation ................................................................................................................The Reverend Robert K. Davis Chaplain, Blue-Grey Army Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.A ................................................................................Mayor Stephen Witt The National Anthem ................................................................................................................................Assembly Introduction of Speaker ............................................................................................................................Mike Null Address ..........................................................................................................................................Bob O’ Connor Remarks ....................................................................................................................................Judge Tom Coleman Commanding General, Blue-Grey Army Placing of Wreath .............................................................................. Ann Brown, Florida Division President, UDC Laura Null, Olustee Chapter #2488, UDC Benediction ..............................................................................................................The Reverend Robert K. Davis Chaplain, Blue-Grey Army Retiring of Colors ......................................................................................Company B, Sixth Florida Battalion, CSA Company B, 47th New York, Company E, Fourth Florida Adjournment ..................................................................................................................................Dr. Alfonso Levy

BOB O’ CONNOR VISITING CIVIL WAR AUTHOR

SPEAKER AT OAKLAWN SERVICE Dewey Weaver is the Chairman of the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners. He was born in Moultrie, Georgia and resided in Dade City (Pasco County, Florida) during his formative years. He moved to Columbia County in 1972. Weaver has served as County Commissioner for District 2 for the past ten years. He is retired from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where he worked for 32 years. He is married to Mary Jane Dykes Weaver (37 years) and they have two sons, William, who resides in Tampa, and Patrick, who lives in Lake City. Weaver is a long-time supporter of the Blue-Grey Army and Olustee Festival and has served in many capacities, including Commanding General for 2006 and 2007. He has also volunteered as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Wildlife Alert Reward Association, North Central Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross and currently sits on the Columbia County Tourists Development Council. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a strong supporter of veterans. He is a member of the Wellborn Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoys Florida’s abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

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2009 FOOD AT THE BATTLEFIELD Don’t forget our Baker County friends at the Olustee Battlefield Food Court. We’ve got a whole lot of good cooking going on. Here’s a list of where to go and what to eat. All your favorites are here! Located across from the fire tower. Olustee Battlefield Committee: Patty Melgaard, Nancy Crews, Ann Brown, Adrian Cox, Kathy Yanda

OLUSTEE VILLAGE “Olustee Village” is located south of the Fire Tower at Olustee Battlefield. A variety of foods are available from non-profit vendors for your enjoyment during festival weekend. All booths will be open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The Blue-Grey Army, Inc. sponsors “Coke” booths located conveniently at each end of the food booths.

1 St. Peter Anglican Church

2 Ed Harvey Shriners

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5 High School History Club

7 Taylor Church

8 Vineyard of Love

10 12 Baker’s Pride New Life Church of God (Camp S.T.Y.L.E.) *Thursday also*

Beef Sausage Patty Grits on English Muffin (Breakfast Item)

(Breakfast Item) Hamburgers Popcorn Candy Bars Bottled Water Hawaiian Punch Water Flavor Packets Coffee Apple Cider Canned Tea

4 Horsemanship Assoc.

Fried White Bacon Fried BiscuitsInjected with Butter and/or Syrup

Chicken & Rice Steamed Cabbage Lima Beans cooked with Ham Fried Sweet Potatoes Tea, Coffee Tomato Juice Grape Juice

Biscuits: Buttered Hot Dogs or Chicken (With Hot Dog Chili & Slaw) Potato Salad Chicken Sandwich Veggie Soup Hushpuppies (Fried or grilled) Chicken Wings Chicken Celery Stix Greens & Cornbread Strips/Tenders Pork Egg Rolls Funnel Cakes Corn Dogs Pulled Pork Onion Rings Sausage in a Basket Vinaigrette Cotton Candy Coffee, Tea Hoagie Curley & Cheese Fries Hot Chocolate Grilled Turkey Nacho Chips & Bottled Water Cheese Legs Sweet Muffins Cheez Stix Danish & Honey Buns w/dipping sauce Miscellaneous Chipped Steak & Little Debbies Cheese Pita Orange Juice Pockets (no Sauce) Tea Tea, Coffee Coffee Bottled Water Bottled Water Fish, Grits

(Grits Lunch only)

Omelettes Sausage Dogs French Toast Stix with Peppers & Grilled Onions, Peppers, BBQ on Bun Potato Medley Onions (Beef, Pork & Chicken) Sausage Gravy over Biscuit Breakfast Sack Meatball Subs Ham Biscuit (Sausage, Egg, Cheese) Chili Subs:Turkey & Ham A.M. Only Frito Pie Smoked Ham Pork Skins Boiled Peanuts Smoked Turkey Brownies (Cajun & Plain) Belly Buster Candy Snow Cones Cold Cut Trio Hot Tea Slushies Turkey Dinner with Iced Tea Chocolate Strawberries Dressing Hot Chocolate Chips Red Beans with Bottled Water SourStar Candy Sausage & Rice or Corn Green Beans Lemonade Kabobs: Hot Chocolate Steak & Chicken Chef & Tossed Salads BananaPudding Scratch & Homemade Cakes Assorted Trail Mix Tea, Coffee, Milk (white & chocolate), Hot Chocolate Water, Kool-Aide

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Battlefield Schedule of Events Friday, February 13, 2009 (School Day. All school groups $2.00 per person.)

8:30 a.m...........................................................................................................Colors at Museum/Monument Field 8:45 a.m...................................................................................................Wreath Laying at the Olustee Monument 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ..............School Tours — Medical demonstrations, military drills, Union and Confederate camps, artillery firing, Sutlers Row, civilian activities, storytelling about African-American soldiers and civilians during the War, and food booths.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 (Admission: $7 Adult/$3 Child. Children ages 5 & under Free )

8:00 a.m...........................................................................................................Colors at Museum/Monument Field 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ............................................................................Authentic Campsites open to the Public 9:00 -10:30 a.m. ........................................................................................Author/Lecture Series at the Ball Tent 11:00 a.m. ............................................................................................“How People of Color (Civilian & Military) served in the Civil War” at the Ball Tent 12:00 p.m.........................................................................................Period Music Concert at Demonstration Area 1:00 p.m. ..................................................................................................Medical Demonstration at Medical Tent 1:30 p.m......................................................................................................... Ladies’ Tea at the Ball Tent featuring “Anniversary Promedade Fashion Show” 2:30 p.m. ..................................................................................................Period Music Concert at the Battlefield 3:30 p.m. ..................................................................................................................................Battle Reenactment

Sunday, February 15, 2009 (Admission: $7 Adult/$3 Child. Children ages 5 & under Free )

8:30 a.m...........................................................................................................Colors at Museum/Monument Field 9:00 a.m. ....................................................................................................................Union Monument ceremony 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ......................................................................................Authentic Campsites open to the public 10:00 a.m. ..................................................................................................Period Church Services at the Ball Tent 12:30 p.m. ................................................................................................Period Music Concert at the Battlefield 1:30 p.m. ................................................................................33rd Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee 2:45 p.m.......................................................................................................Formal Retreat and Final Volley of Fire 33rd Annual Olustee Battle Re-Enactment

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Battle of Olustee Festival: Friday Feb. 13, 2009 MAIN STAGE 9:00am ................................................................................................................................Food, Arts & Crafts Booths Open 9:30am ..............................................................................................................................Five Points Elementary - Pam Staats 9:50am ............................................................................................................................Eastside Elementary - Teri Cameron 10:10am ..........................................................................................................Southside Singers (Starke, FL) - Tony Buzzella 10:25am ........................................................................................................................Niblack Elementary - Roslyn McBride 10:45am ................................................................................................................Columbia City Elementary - Joanne Hinkle 11:05am ..........................................................................................................................Ft. White Elementary - Ginger Norris 11:25am ......................................................................................................................Summers Elementary -

Ernest Barnes

11:45am ........................................................................................................................Melrose Elementary - Allyson Moore 12:10pm ................................................................................................................................................Opening Ceremonies 12:30pm ..........................................................................................................................Westside Elementary -Cynthia Tickel 12:50pm ........................................................................................................Richardson Middle School - Christie Roberson 1:10pm ......................................................................................................................Lake City Middle School - DeDe Darby 1:40pm ......................................................................................................................Ft. White Middle School - Tina Johnson 2:10pm ..................................................................................................................................................................Colby Craig 2:30pm ..................................................................................................................................................................Caitlin Eadie 2:50pm ............................................................................................................................................................Jessie Hingson 3:00pm ..........................................................................................................................................................Michelle Thomas 3:15pm ..................................................................................................................................................Cyndi K - Live Oak, FL 3:35pm ..........................................................................................................................................................................Bro.ken 4:05pm ............................................................................................................................................Grace Harbor Praise Band 4:35pm ..........................................................................................................................................Grace Harbor Dance Team 5:00pm ............................................................................................................................................................The Reflections 5:30pm ............................................................................................................................................................Sheena Allison 6:00pm ..................................................................................................................................................................Killing Delila 7:00pm ....................................................................................................................................Entertainment Ends

Sponsored By: ANDERSON-COLUMBIA, INC. & THE LAKE CITY REPORTER Entertainment Hosted by TONY BUZZELLA & MISS JEANIE Engineered by DONALD K. JOHNS

Sound Reinforcement provided by STARLIGHT SOUND and RECORDING 1295 NW Ashley St. • Lake City, FL 32055/Tel (386) 752-9459 • Fax (386) 755-2254 starlightsound@cs.com • Contact: Donald Johns/Chief Engineer 12

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Battle of Olustee Festival: Saturday Feb. 14, 2009 MAIN STAGE 9:00am ................................................................................................................................Food, Arts & Crafts Booths Open 9:30am ..................................................................................................................................................Fun Run Awards- LCRD 10:15am ............................................................................................................................Stephen Jones - Southern Gospel 10:33am ..................................................................................................................Parade Begins at D.O.T./North on Marion 10:40am ..............................................................................................................................................Heart & Soul - Mayo, FL 11:05am ......................................................................................................................................Even Money - Tallahassee, FL 11:45am ........................................................................................................................................Theater Group Presentation 12:00pm ............................................................................................................Parade Marshall/Olustee Battle Descendants 12:35pm ....................................................................................................................................Miss Olustee Festival Winners 1:00pm ................................................................................................................Southern Rhythm Cloggers - Dalita de Arce 1:30pm ..............................................................................................................................................................Fancy Dancers 2:00pm ................................................................................................................................................................Dixie Dancers 2:30pm ..................................................................................................................................................Cyndi K - Live Oak, FL 2:45pm ......................................................................................................................................Even Money - Bluegrass Band 3:15pm ......................................................................................................Gateway City Big Band - Harry Wuest/Matt Johns 4:00pm ..........................................................................................................................................................................Bro.ken 4:25pm ..................................................................................................................................Heart & Soul - American Music 5:00pm ..............................................................................................................................................................Kenny Dowell 5:30pm ............................................................................................................................................................Sheena Allison 6:00pm ....................................................................................................................................Entertainment Ends

Free!

The Blue/Grey Army Presents...

Free!

The 3nd Annual

A MERICAN M USIC C ONCERT Thursday February 12th, 6:45pm • Columbia County School Board Auditorium T

Featuring: Ed Amaya & The Fort White High School Jazz Band Special Guest: Cyndi K with Matt & Donald Johns With: Tad Allen as Abraham Lincoln, “A Dramatic Live Presentation of Our History” PLUS The

Entertainmensetnts Committee P1re50th Lake City’s ry Anniversa Sing-A-Long!

Hosted by Tony Buzzella & Miss Jeanie Produced by Starlight Productions, Inc.

SPONSORED BY THE BLUE-GREY ARMY, INC. Festival Information will be Available by Blue-Grey Army officials! 33rd Annual Olustee Battle Re-Enactment

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PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN (TAD ALLEN) Mr. Tad Allen has been portraying President Abraham Lincoln for over twenty years. Although he has always been a fan of the president, Allen only began impersonating Lincoln after growing a beard and being told by friends and colleagues of his strong resemblance. Since then the concept has really taken off. A former assistant professor at Brevard Community College, Allen has done extensive research on our sixteenth president. He has devoted one room of his house to look-alike, where he maintains a library of nearly 800 publications on Lincoln and other memorabilia. Allen’s extensive insight into all aspects of Lincoln’s life provides him the versatility to target his programs specifically to the audience at hand, thus making a dramatic impression on groups ranging from young children to senior citizens. He also offers a question-andanswer period afterwards, encouraging listeners to explore his wealth of knowledge about the president. The audience becomes spellbound, as Tad Allen commands attention with his absolute look-alike manner and dress. An uncanny hush settles in as Mr. Allen truly becomes "honest Abe". Children blurt out, "I thought you were dead." Adults express, "I felt that I was actually in the presence of Abraham Lincoln." The most often expressed sentiment is, "You could have heard a pin drop during your performance." One of Allen’s greatest honors was being invited to perform in Lincoln’s hometown of Hodgenville, Kentucky for the Lincoln Days Celebration, where he won the National Abraham Lincoln Look-Alike Competition.

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GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE (JIM ADAMS) James Mack Adams is a retired public high school teacher who now resides on Wilmington Island, near Savannah, Georgia. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State College (BS, 1957) and The Ohio State University (MA, 1974). He also previously served in the US Army as an artillery battery commander. Since retiring from the classroom, Jim has become a successful historian, author, journalist, living history interpreter, and lecturer as well as a Robert E. Lee impersonator. As a freelance writer and journalist, Jim has written over 250 columns on local history published in the Savannah Morning News as well as published three books on the history of the Savannah area. Jim has portrayed General Robert E. Lee for talks and lectures throughout Georgia, South Carolina and portions of Florida. He has even given a lecture to members of the Corps of Cadets at West Point. While not an Academy graduate, Jim was inducted as an associate member of the West Point Society of Savannah. He was named as a “Friend of West Point”. Jim has appeared on the History and Travel Cable TV Channels. In recognition of his writings on Southern history and portrayals of Lee, Jim is a recipient of the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal Award from the national United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Educational Outreach Programs Sponsored By: LAKE CITY MEDICAL CENTER & HAMPTON INN & SUITES

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Joseph Wilson

2009 Parade Marshall This year’s Parade Marshall is World War Two Veteran, Joseph Wilson. Joe was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 12, 1924. His father was a Colonel in the United States Army, and his mother was a school teacher in the public schools. Joe attended Parochial school until moving to New York City. There he graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Military School. He enlisted in the United States Navy, in 1941, at the beginning of World War Two and was sent to Pensacola, Florida for Flight Communication School. Upon graduation he was assigned aboard the U.S.S. Casco AVP-12. He served in the Aleutian Islands, near Alaska, and then the Central Pacific where he was at Tarawa, Iwo Jima and several other island battles. He was discharged from the Navy in 1945. After the war Joe got married and lived in New York City where he drove city buses. He moved to Opa Locka, Florida and then to Lake City in 1983. Upon moving to Lake City he taught classes in Language and Ballroom Dancing at the Lake City Community College until retirement. His wife passed away in 1997. Joe has spent the last 15 years volunteering for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lake City. He also volunteers at Epiphany Catholic Church and Hospice at the Veterans Administration. Joe is also a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. His son Joey Wilson served in the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze Star during the Vietnam War. His Grand-daughter Tracy Wilson, a United States Marine, served in Cuba.

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A Salute to Our World War Two Veterans!

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A Salute to Our World War Two Veterans!

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30 Years of Olustee...

HISTORY OF THE REENACTMENT By Dr. Ray Giron

The first reenactment of the Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond was held in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964 in commemoration of the Centennial of the battle. In 1976, representatives of the First Regiment of Florida Volunteer Infantry were contacted by Major Jim Stevenson, Chief of Interpretive Services, of the Florida Department of Natural Resources and asked if it would be possible to put on a reenactment of the Battle of Olustee at the State Historic Site. Since this was a long goal of re-enactors, statewide, the members of the group were ecstatic at the prospect, but disappointed that it would be impossible to fulfill his request, as he wanted to hold the event within 2-3 weeks. After being informed of the prerequisite planning time, the logistics of attracting re-enactors from across the nation and the amount of materials, supplies and amenities necessary, it was agreed that February, 1977 should be the target date. On 20, February the First Annual Battle of Olustee was reenacted at the State Historic Site. Fewer than 300 participants were present, but keen visitor interest was obvious. The initial site for the battle was in the long visitors trail loop. The spectators walked in on the right and left trails and viewed from the top of the small loop as several hundred re-enactors waded through waist to shoulder deep saw palmetto. The battle was lopsided in favor of the far more numerous Confederates, and the panorama was somewhat limited, with puffs of smoke, heads, hats, and shoulders all that some could see.

In 1994, the eighteenth annual reenactment, some 2000 troops from around the nation and from several foreign countries attended the 130th anniversary commemoration of the battle. The event has grown to include up to 28 artillery pieces, 50 mounted troops and horse-drawn artillery, near 100 ground charges, and has increased interest by the public in portraying units such as the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. A battle demonstration with over 1000 participants was added the day prior to the Olustee Battle Reenactment in 1994 to allow the public greater opportunities to view the activities. Along with the contributions of the many reenactors, was added the wares of many excellent Sutlers, selling their Civil War Period goods. The number of merchants has increased from about 10 to nearly 100 in the intervening years of the reenactment. Over the years, certain highlights such as: the rains of 1998; the filming of “Glory� in 1989; the freeze of 1991 make the annual event stand out, but overall Olustee is looked upon favorably as the premier reenactment and largest annual reenactment in the Southeast. The Olustee Battle Reenactment is produced by the Florida Park Service, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Olustee Battlefield Citizens Support Organization with additional funding provided by the Blue-Grey Army, Inc. Special thanks to Mr. Eric Hague & Dr. Sean McMahon for their contributions to this article.

In subsequent years the battle was moved a few hundred yards to the North where an old field had been and where visibility was far better. The action took place in a park-like area with large pines, and little undergrowth. Much like the period descriptions, the old field was eventually clear-cut and the battle now takes place in an open field with action continuing on the fringes in palmettos and woods.

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1978 - Richard Ellis 1979 - Ken Biggs 1980, 1981, 1982 - Vernon Douglas 1983, 1984 - Faye Bowling 1985 - Mike Null 1986 - Ron Williams 1987, 1988 - Mike Collins 1989 - Ron Williams 1990, 1991 - Sue Heavrin 1992 -James Montgomery 1993, 1994 - Harvey Campbell 1995 - Dennis Roberts 1996, 1997 - Paul Bryan 1998, 1999 - Mike Null 2000, 2001 - George Wehrli 2002, 2003- Ron Williams 2004, 2005 - Dennis Roberts 2006, 2007 - Dewey Weaver 2008 - Tom Coleman

A Special Thanks to the following Businesses for their Help with the Parade Hospitality for Re-enactors! KC’S PRODUCE, INC. “Eat Your Vegetables”

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n a spring-like morning, February 20, 1864. The Federal forces gathered outside Lake City with purpose-to procure agricultural products and food, to obtain recruits and to force the allegiance of Florida to the Union.

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ocal Confederate forces along with forces from Georgia and other close by states, equally determined to preserve and protect their commodities, banded together at Olustee, considering it their most defensible position.

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nder the command of Brigadier General Joseph Finegan, the battle began with Confederate advance Cavalry forces luring Federals toward the primary defenses.

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traight and narrow pine trees stood at somber attention on this Olustee Field, with heavy fighting around them, beginning in the afternoon and ending at dusk.

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he momentum shifted back and forth and back again, but by cover of nightfall the Federals retreated. The victory was clearly, the Confederates.

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ach February, in the vast timberland that is Columbia and Baker Counties, those who remember, join professional War Between the States’ re-enactors in commemorating this historic moment and in celebrating the accomplishments seeded by those spirited pioneers.

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veryone is invited to join the Blue-Grey Army, Inc., Lake City, Baker and Columbia Counties in this historic remembrance.

PIONEER FAMILIES

BLUE-GREY ARMY

BLUE-GREY ARMY PAST COMMANDING GENERALS

2007-The Hill Family 2005 - The Ives Family 1996 - The Jenkins Family and The Witt Family 1995 - The Griffin Family and The Melton Family 1994 - The John J. Jones Family and The William M. Hancock Family 1993 - The Combs Family, Descendants of James Combs and The Roberts Family, Descendants of Zachariah Roberts 1992 - The Dicks Family, Descendants of Joseph Dicks 1991 - John & Frances Mayo and Descendants of Robert Brown 1990 - Pearly Crews Hurst & Family

GUSTAFSON’S L.L.C

1989 - Rufus & Meriba Ogden 1988 - The William & Rethy Markham Family 1987 - A.K. and Lassie Black

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2009 Battle of Olustee

Thirty-First Annual Parade February 14, 2009 10:30 a.m. First Unit Official Parade Escort City of Lake City ........................................................................................................................Lake City Police Department Columbia County ..............................................................................................................Columbia County Sheriff’s Office State of Florida ................................................................................................................Florida Highway Patrol, 1940 Ford ....................................................................................................................................................Department of Agriculture ................................................................................................................................................Department of Transportation ............................................................................................................................................................Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission ....................................................................................................................................Department of Forestry-Smokey Bear United States Government.............................................................................................................................. Forest Service Columbia County Rescue ........................................................................................................Emergency Medical Services City of Lake City ............................................................................................................................Lake City Fire Department Columbia County ........................................................................................................................Volunteer Fire Department Columbia High School Marching Band ..............................................................................................................Ryan Schulz

Second Unit Color Guard ..................................................................................................................SCV, Battle of Olustee Camp #1463 Blue-Grey Army Past Commanding Generals & Military Staff ................................................................................................ Host Re-Enactment Unit ................................................................................................Company E, Sixth Florida Battalion 2nd Battalion Hardy’s Brigade Battle of Olustee Re-Enactment Units Riderless Horse ...................................................................................................................................................................... President Abraham Lincoln & General Robert E. Lee..................................................Portrayed by Tad Allen & Jim Adams The Florida Park Service Mounted Color Guard................................................................................The Florida Park Service 2008 Commanding General Blue-Grey Army. Inc. ..............................................................................Judge Tom Coleman 2008 Grand Parade Marshall ................................................................................................................................Duffy Soto Battle of Olustee Descendants .......................................................................................... Family of Jefferson Froy Beasley United Daughters of the Confederacy ..............................................................................................................Ann Butler Brown, Florida Division President & Other Officers Children of the Confederacy............................................................................Florida Division Officers, Wesley Wilson, Jr., Courtney Spargur, Rebecca, Hannah & Elizabeth Harper, Maria Tolzmann, Matthew Harding, Sarah Wilson & Mrs. Judy Davis, Division Director Sons of Confederate Veterans ....................................................................Douglas Dawson, Florida Division Commander United Sons of the Confederacy of Dixie County, Florida- Dixie Camp, Inc. ........................................Robert May, Commander Order of Confederate Rose ..................................................................................Lynda O’Neal, President, Florida Society Sons of Confederate Veterans ................................................................................................John W. Adams, Commander Columbia High School ROTC ................................................................................................................................................ Lake City Middle School Band ......................................................................................................................David Chandler

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Third Unit First Federal Savings Bank of Florida ...................................................................................................................................... Gymnastics..............................................................................................................................Bard Studio, Lake City, Florida The Honorable Stephen Witt ....................................................................................................................Mayor of Lake City City of Lake City, City Councilmen, City Manager................................................................................Scott Reynolds, John Robertson, Mike Lee, Eugene Jefferson, George Ward Superintendent of Schools ..............................................................................................................................Sam Markham School Board Members ........................................Linard Johnson, Charles Maxwell, Steve Nelson, Keith Hudson, Glenn J. Hunter Columbia County Constitutional Officers ........................................................................Circuit Court Judge, Julian Collins ....................................................................................................................................Circuit Court Judge, Vernon Douglas ..............................................................................................................................................Circuit Court Judge, David Fina ..............................................................................................................................................Circuit Court Judge, Paul Bryan ..................................................................................................................................Circuit Court Judge, Leandra Johnson ......................................................................................................................................County Court Judge, Tom Coleman ..................................................................................................................................................Clerk of Court, DeWitt Cason ..........................................................................................................................................Property Appraiser, Doyle Crews ................................................................................................................................................................Sheriff, Bill Gootee ........................................................................................................................................Supervisor of Elections, Liz Horne ................................................................................................................................................Tax Collector, Ronnie Brannon ..............................................................................................................................................County Attorney, Marlin Feagle Columbia County Board of County Commissioners ................................Ronald Williams, Stephen Bailey, Dewey Weaver, ............................................................................................................................................Elizabeth Porter, George Skinner Dance Troupe ..............................................................................................The “Fancy Dancers” Studio, Lake City, Florida Float: Olustee Court 2008 Miss Olustee Festival ............................................................................................................................Lindsey Rich 2008 Junior Miss Olustee Festival ..........................................................................................................Natalie Martinez 2008 Pre-Teen Miss Olustee Festival ....................................................................................................Savannah Thomas 2008 Petite Miss Olustee Festival ..........................................................................................................Jaide Strickland 2008 Little Miss Olustee Festival ........................................................................................................Mollie Kay McGee 2008 Miniature Miss Olustee Festival ........................................................................................................Hannah Hanks 2008 Miniature Mr. Olustee Festival ......................................................................................................Cason Conner Barrs 2008 Tiny Miss Olustee Festival. ................................................................................................................Brianhna Brooks 2008 Miss Columbia High School ............................................................................................................Amanda Brannon All American Twirling Academy .............................................................................................................................................................. Lake City Community College ....................................................................................................................Lake City, Florida

Fourth Unit Voiture 1352 Locomotive ..................................................................................................................Veterans Organization Antique and Classic Cars, Approx. 30 Autos ..............................Suwannee River Region Antique Auto Club of America Christian Motorcycle Club ...................................................................................................................................................... Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry .............................................................................................................. North Florida Cruisers ..................................................................................................................Antique & Classic Vehicles “Power Country 102” Stage Coach ...................................................................................................................................... Morocco Shrine Mobile Museum ................................................................................................................Newton Fiveash Lake City Masonic Lodge #27 ................................................................................................................................................ 2008 Olustee Battle Festival Parade Committee

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RUNNING “REB” FUN RUN The Blue-Grey Fun Run is held in conjunction with the Blue-Grey Festival. This one mile run begins on Madison Street on the Northside of the courthouse and goes down to the lake, right on Circle Drive, one time around the lake back to Justice right on Justice to the finish line. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday February 14, with late registration taken from 7:45 a.m. till 8:15 a.m. Awards are presented on the Main Stage in Olustee Park at approximately 9:30 a.m. in age groups of 4 & under, 5 & 6, 7& 8, 9 &10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, boys and girls and one overall winner 14 and under boys and girls.

Members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to participate in the Annual Olustee Celebration.

29TH ANNUAL! SPONSORED BY: McDONALDS OF LAKE CITY 5K RUN/WALK SPONSORED BY: OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET

MERCHANDISING We will have t-shirts on sale at the battlefield only this year. These items will be on sale beginning Thursday and will continue throughout the weekend. There will be a limited supply, so buy early! Come by and take a piece of Olustee home with you! ALL collectors are welcome!!!

ENJOY THE FESTIVAL! BLUE-GREY HEADQUARTERS AND INFORMATION STATION SPONSORED BY: COLUMBIA COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

STATEMENT OF POLICY - Blue-Grey Army - 2008 The Blue-Grey Army has committed itself to the historic preservation of our community. Included in this mission is the organization’s efforts on behalf of the historic Perkins Home which serves as our county’s historical museum and revitalization of our historic downtown area which is centered around Olustee Park, dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. In addition, the Blue-Grey Army’s support of the Olustee Battle Festival and the Re-enactment, which is held on the actual site of the original battle, serves to heighten awareness for our history steeped community. Our volunteer group, which annually numbers in excess of 300, is committed to making the Olustee Battle Festival and Re-enactment a source of civic pride and economic benefit to all residents of our area.

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The Lake City Post Office Once In A Lifetime - Pictorial Envelope And Stamp Commemorating

The Olustee Battle Festival & Re-enactment! Only 150 Envelopes Numbered & Autographed by Artist. Look for our booth in front of the Courthouse!

FEBRUARY 16-17, 2007

Purchase of past & present pictorial envelopes and cancellation stamps allow postal patron to contribute to the funding of veterans local programs and services offered by Hospice and Order of the Purple Heart at the VA Hospital. We will also have memorabilia for children!

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PUT YOUR STAMP ON HISTORY™!

BLUE-GREY ARMY

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION LAKE CITY - COLUMBIA COUNTY ROLLS BACK THE CALENDAR TO THE YEAR 1864, THE YEAR OF THE HISTORIC EVENT... The Battle of Olustee - when we lost many of our local family people as well as many Union and Confederate soldiers. In an effort not to lose our heritage, the Blue-Grey Army, Inc., contributes to the support of the annual Reenactment, which is held at the Olustee Battle Park. YOU now have an opportunity to be a part of what we are doing by becoming a member. Should you desire to work with this group on a volunteer basis, please indicate below and we will invite you to our membership meetings where you can meet and talk with various committee chairmen. As a member of the Blue-Grey Army, Inc., you have shown outstanding concern for your community, and will have an opportunity to participate in what we feel is one of the best volunteer organizations in our community.

MEMBERSHIP Application Information:

MEMBERSHIP FEE: ____$15.00 Individual

Name

(Last)

(Middle)

____$25.00 Family

(First)

____$50.00 Individual Professional Address Phone No.

City

State

Zip Code

Fax No.

I would like to be an active participant I wish only to make a financial contribution at this time (Check one, please)

____$100.00 Corporate/Business Blue-Grey Army, Inc., P.O. Box 2224 Lake City, Florida 32056-2224

(This is a non-profit organization, please use your check as a receipt.) THANK YOU!

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Olustee Festival Pageant The Olustee Festival Pageant is open to girls and boys ages 13-23 months and 2-4, and girls ages 5-6,7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-20. Contestants must reside or attend school in Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Union or Suwannee Counties. The winner of the Miss Olustee title receives a $300 educational scholarship, crown, and banner and represents the Blue Grey Army and the community throughout the year. The first runner up receives a $200 scholarship and the second runner up receives a $100 scholarship. First place winners in the younger divisions receive a $50 savings bond, a large trophy and banner. All contestants receive a trophy for participation. All first place winners ride in the Olustee Parade on February 14, 2009.

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Olustee Festival Pageant Contestants Tiny Miss Olustee (ages 13-23 months) Briahna Brooks

Minature Miss Olustee (ages 2-4) Jaiden Elizabeth Barrs Hannah Hanks Chandler Grace Milton Addison Marie O'steen

Minature Mr.Olustee (ages 2-4) Cason Conner Barrs

Little Miss Olustee (ages 5-6) Madison Reid Durrance Schyler Jerome Mollie Kay McGee Emma Taylor Pittman Makenzie Register Morgan Elizabeth Royals Brooke Spin

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Petite Miss Olustee (ages 7-9) Savannah Amparo Kailey Hunter Durrance Julia Gasparrini Chelsea Jones Kimberlynne Norman Jaide Strickland

Pre-Teen Miss Olustee (ages 10-12) Callie Lynne Garrett Kelsey Kathryn Harrison Tiffanni Cheyenne Henry Carissa Herring Alicia Martin Morgan McIntosh Alysia Pena Madison Plissey Erin Porter Kaitlyn Rosier BreeAnn Smith Savannah Thomas Darrah Jade Walker Tobie Alexis Williams

Junior Miss Olustee (ages 13-15) Dani Davis Tanya Cheyenne Dicks Shanda Jean Natalie Martinez Macy Proveaux Brodi Sargent Hannah Shaffer Callie Marie Wise Ashley Zinszer

Miss Olustee Festival (ages 16-20)

Amanda Brannon Ashley Hammac Kylie Kennon Lindsey Rich

2008 Miss Olustee Lindsey Rich Photo courtesy: MICHAEL MITSEFF/Lake City Reporter

Miss Olustee & Members of the Blue-Grey Army, Inc. Photo courtesy: CRYSTAL NELSON HAIR

Talent Competition (Tiny Tot Ages 2-6) Chandler Milton Mollie McGee

Talent Competition (Petite Ages 7-9) Savannah Amparo Kimberlynne Norman

Talent Competition (Junior Ages 10-14) Madison Plissey Erin Porter Tobie Alexis Williams

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~ Battle of Olustee Descendants ~ Each year we recognize families whose ancestor(s) have some connection to the Battle of Olustee and to the many events of those tumultuous days. What better way to truly feel the realities of those times than through the personal stories of those who lived them, as related to us by their descendants. Soldiers and civilians, wives and children, friends, mothers and fathers. They remain very much a part of who we are today. They are our family, our kin, our loved ones, and a fragment of them lives on in each of us. We all have a history and a need to try to understand it, to know it, to experience it somehow. Through our ancestors, we can all claim a little personal piece of history; it’s ours to keep, forever imprinted on us. Through the stories of those whose ancestors fought the Battle of Olustee, and who actually lived those turbulent times, we come to a better understanding of our own heritage and our histories, both individual and collective, and the period of the War Between the States is no longer a remote time, but a little part of all of us. Mary Jane Weaver~Battle of Olustee Descendants Blue-Grey Army, Inc.

John “Johnathan” R. Williams Soldier at Battle of Olustee John "Jonathan" R. Williams was born ca 1821 in Barnwell District, SC. He died 6 July 1895 in Hamilton County, FL. He married Mary A. Richardson, 15 September 1854, in Barnwell, SC. She was born ca 1832 in Barnwell, SC and died after 4 August 1909 in Hamilton County, FL. Both were buried in unmarked graves in the Prospect Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near White Springs, FL. Their children were: James Robert Williams was born ca 1854 in GA and died after 1900 in Hamilton County, FL. He married Eliza Matilda Hisler, born 6 August 1860, died 28 April 1933, High Springs, FL. William Henry Williams was born 21 January 1855 in FL and died 19 September 1921 in Hamilton County, FL. He married Sarah Sally Williams, born 24 August 1859 and died 3 August 1935 in Hamilton County, FL. Luster L. Williams was born ca 1857 in FL and died early. No further record of this child. James Riley Williams, grandson of John R. Williams, is pictures with his wife and child.

Andrew J. Williams was born ca 1862 in FL and died early. No further record of this child.

Lucy L. Williams was born January 1865 in FL and died 8 June 1933 in Duval County, FL. She married Johnny N. Hurst, born January 1870 and died prior to 1910. Josephine Williams was born 5 September 1866 in Valdosta, GA and died 30 May 1948 in Tampa, FL. Mittie Rebecca Williams was born 12 November 1870 in FL and died 12 December 1955 in Columbia County, FL. She married Robert Edward Roberts, 18 August 1892, in Columbia County. He was born 14 March 1873 and died 21 June 1945 in Columbia County, FL. They were buried in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Cora Williams was born ca 1871 in FL and died 27 November 1937 in West Palm Beach, FL. She married Robert L. Hall. John Jackson Williams was born 22 March 1872 in Hamilton County, FL and died 12 November 1944 in Columbia County, FL. He married Nancy Rhymer, born ca 1875 and died 1918 in Hamilton County, FL.

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Jane Williams, born ca 1874 in FL and died early. No further record of this child. David Lee Williams was born 20 March 1875 in Hamilton County, FL and died 20 December 1937 at Raiford, Florida. John "Jonathan" R. Williams was enlisted by Col. Clinch as a private in Company K, 4th Georgia Cavalry Regiment, 13 February 1863, at Waynesville, GA. He fought under Colonel Duncan L. Clinch in the Battle of Olustee and received a minnie ball in his right shoulder. The powder from the minnie ball exploding burned his face and eyes. According to the military records of John R. Williams, his name appeared on a Prisoner of War List and he was surrendered to Brigadier General E. M. McCook by Major General Sam Jones, Confederate States Army, at Tallahassee, FL, 10 May 1865. No details were given as to where and when he became a prisoner of war. He was officially paroled at Thomasville, GA, 19 May 1865. After the death of John "Jonathan" R. Williams, his wife applied for and received a Widow's Pension from the state of Florida for her husband's Confederate service.

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN “JOHNATHAN� R. WILLIAMS

Back Row, (L-R) Lee Williams (with flag), Andi McLemore, Aaron Christie, Ralph Tyre, Jimmy Williams, Jennifer Wedding, Benjamin Williams and Scott Mellette Standing Row, (L-R) Reba Ridaight, Brandi Mellette, Hunter Descendants include (but are not limited to) the following: Paul Williams, Mellette, Louise Williams, Elwood Tyre, Linda Willams Linda Williams, Louise Williams, Dale Williams, Rita Mobley, Dot Swendsen, Front Row, (L-R) Megan Mellette, Paul Williams (oldest living great-grandson), Colton Melletee Ryan Hunter, Kimi Roberts, Ivan Clements, Connie Christie, Ralph Tyre,

Elwood Tyre, and Charles Jenkins.

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Back by popular demand,

the “Angels of Mercy” drama will be presented at the

Lake City-Columbia County Historical Museum on Friday, February 13, 2009 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Admission will be free but donations will gladly be accepted.

The Angels of Mercy Living History Experience production team annnouces that The Alligator Community Theatre group will participate in this year’s performance of the “Angels of Mercy” Drama. Tim Hollamby wrote and will direct the production. "Our production team is very pleased to announce the participation of the Alligator Community Theatre group to the 2008 performance of the Angels of Mercy candlelight drama,” Hollamby said. "This will be the second performance of the drama that was first presented as part of the 2006 Olustee Festival. The drama is a representation of a post battle civil war hospital and the struggle of the citizens of Lake City to save wounded soldiers after the Battle of Olustee." The drama will be presented in the museum’s Victorian-era home, located at 157 SE Hernando Avenue in downtown Lake City. This year’s drama will allow more people to walk through the museum, thus decreasing the wait times in line. Refreshments and music will be available on the museum grounds for those waiting in line. Several new characters await visitors to the museum including a “Cracker Voodoo Woman.” The candlelight drama is designed to make a lasting impression on all who experience it. “We are striving for historical realism,” Hollamby added, “and I think parents should be cautioned that the drama is intended for audiences over the age of 13 due to the somewhat graphic nature of the subject matter." The museum will be busy throughout the Olustee weekend. On Saturday, February 16, the museum will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visitors can freely walk through the museum, enjoy its permanent exhibits and also sample rustic crafts. Live displays include clothes washing and mending, cooking, and general old Florida living. “The museum is a fun destination for all families who attend the parade and festival downtown on Saturday,” added Museum president Sean McMahon. “Our museum volunteers will be dressed in period costume and demonstrating what life really was like during the Civil War era.” The overall production promises to be even better than the well-received 2008 drama. Hollamby concluded, “with the addition of the the A.C.T group to our fine volunteers at the museum we are very confident this will be a production the community and the museum can be proud of."

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First Federal Bank of Florida (In association with the Suwannee Valley Community Foundation)

is 2009 Olustee Battle Festival Title Sponsor. The Blue-Grey Army, Inc., expresses our profound appreciation to First Federal Bank of Florida for serving as the title sponsor of the Olustee Battle Festival for an 11th consecutive year. The staff and management of First Federal has been an essential partner in the success of this year’s festival, as they have for nearly the past decade. It should also be noted that First Federal Savings Bank is a tremendous business citizen in Columbia County and the entire Suwannee River Valley area. They contribute significant financial and manpower resources to a wide array of youth, sports and community resources. The Blue-Grey Army is proud to have First Federal Savings Bank as our title sponsor, friend and partner in producing one of the nation’s best re-enactment festivals. We also want to thank all of the co-sponsors who help make possible the large array of individual events and activities which combine to make the Olustee Battle Festival a first-class event. Anderson-Columbia, Inc., and the Lake City Reporter are the sponsors of the main entertainment stage. Lake City Medical Center and Hampton Inn & Suites are sponsors of the educational outreach programs. S & S Food Stores and Coca-Cola are sponsors of the food and hospitality areas. Ole Times Country Buffet is the sponsor of the Blue-Grey 5K Run which was held on Feb. 9. The Columbia County Tourist Development Council is the sponsor of the Blue-Grey Headquarters and Information Station. Budweiser and Rountree-Moore Ford/Toyota are sponsors of the arts & crafts areas. McDonald’s of Lake City is sponsor of the Blue-Grey Fun Run. We want to extend a special note of appreciation to Duffy Soto, who has produced the spectacular Olustee Battle Festival poster for the past 11 years and will serve as the parade marshal this year. In addition, Keith Norris of MarcotexXerox has been tremendously generous in providing copies of color posters for a variety of usages by the Blue-Grey Army. A special note of appreciation is extended to the Florida Department of Environment Protection, Florida State Parks, Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park staff and administration, Florida Park Patrol, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Baker County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Lake City Police Department, Lake City Community College, Columbia Resources, Inc., Suwannee Valley Transit, Columbia County School District and all others who provide such a high degree of cooperation of making the Olustee Battle Festival & Reenactment a safe, enjoyable and first-class event. The event would not be possible without the on-going and generous support of the City of Lake City and its enthusiastic Public Works Department. In addition, the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners and its Public Works Department also is tremendously helpful in the success of the event. We also want to thank Ken Hohmann, who originally provided the design and much of the construction expertise while employed at Homes of Merit, for the ongoing maintenance of the ironclads for the annual battle between the Monitor and Merimac. Finally, we wish to to express our appreciation to the volunteers of the Blue-Grey Army, who give tirelessly of their time and energies to make the Olustee Battle Festival and Re-Enactment one of the top festivals in the nation. We also appreciate the residents of Columbia, Baker, Hamilton and Suwannee Counties, along with the thousands of visitors who annually support the festival and re-enactment by attending. Last, but certainly not least, a profound thanks to the newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets in the area for their assistance and support in promoting the activities and events that make up the elements of the Olustee Battle Festival & Re-Enactment.

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Ronald Williams Dewey Weaver Jody DuPree Stephen E. Bailey Scarlet P. Frisina

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS • COLUMBIA COUNTY February 13, 2009

TO ALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS: On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I would like to thank you for participating in our 31st Annual Olustee Battle Festival and 32nd Re-enactment. The County is proud to support this regional event which draws thousands of people into our community. Two members of the Board, Ronald Williams and Dewey Weaver, have served as Commanding General in this event. Currently serving in this capacity is the Honorable Tom Coleman, County Judge. As in the past, the members of the Commission are looking forward to another year of continued participation. We hope that by reliving part of our heritage we will better understand the importance and the true meaning of ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. Sincerely,

Stephen E. Bailey, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Columbia County BOARD MEETS FIRST THURSDAY AT 7:00 P.M. AND THIRD THURSDAY AT 7:00 P.M. P. 0. DRAWER 1529 • LAKE CITY, FLORIDA 32056-1529 • PHONE 755-4100

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2009 OFFICERS and COMMITTEES Executive Director/Senior Military Officer................................................................................................Faye Bowling Warren Commanding General ..............................................................................................................................Judge Tom Coleman Aides to Commanding General................................................................................Bud Thayer, Stephen Witt, Tony Buzzella Past Commanding General ..............................................................................................................................Dewey Weaver Junior Military Officer ................................................................................................................................................Mike Null Chief of Staff ........................................................................................................................................................Alfonso Levy Paymaster ..............................................................................................................................................................Betty Trawick Adjutant ..................................................................................................................................................................Ann Brown Chaplain ......................................................................................................................................Reverend Robert K. Davis, Jr. Arts & Crafts....................................................................Lynn and Nancy Nicely, Dennis Futch, Donna Everhart, Lynn Reeves Battlefield Operations ..................................................................Patty Melgaard, Nancy Crews, Ann Brown, Adrian Cox, Kathy Roper Yanda Food Booths/City Park ..................................................................................Elizabeth & Andrew Porter, Randy & Kim Sweet Food Booths/Olustee Village ..................................................................................................DeWitt Cason, Sandy Markham Oaklawn Cemetery Event ................................................................................................Alfonso Levy, Faye Bowling Warren Fun Run & 5K Run ..........................................................................................................................................Heyward Christie Entertainment ........................................................................................................Tony Buzzella, Jeanie Wilks, Donald Johns Parade ......................................................................................................................................................James Montgomery Re-Enactor Liason ....................................................................................................................................................Bud Thayer Park Operations/City ......................................................................................................................Joey Raulerson, Roger Little Park Operations/State/U.S. ....................................................................Elaine McGrath, Susan Kett, Mitzi Nelson, Ben Faure Media Operations ..................................................................................................................Harvey Campbell/Paulette Lord Fund Raising/Sponsorships ............................................................................................................................Harvey Campbell Square Dance & Membership ..............................................................................................................................Pinky Moore Programs ..................................................................................Ann Brown, Paul Anschultz, Dr. Sean McMahon, Phyllis King Transportation/Shuttle .................................................................................................. Faye Bowling-Warren, Frankie Powers Port-o-lets/Dumpsters/Downtown .......................................................................................................................... Ray Walker Miss Olustee Pageant ........................................................................................................................................Elaine Owens Posters/Permits/Insurance/Banners/Special Events ..................................................................................Faye Bowling Warren Posters ....................................................................................................................................Mike Null, Faye Bowling-Warren Poster Artist ..............................................................................................................................................................Duffy Soto Sponsors Presentation ..................................................................................................................................Harvey Campbell Reviewing Stand/Parade ..........................................................................................................John Shoemaker, Paulette Lord Bleachers/Parade & Festival............................................................................................................Joey Raulerson, Roger Little Museum ......................................................................................................................................................Dr. Sean McMahon Bands/Parade & Jazz Concert ............................................................................................................................Tony Buzzella Battlefield Merchandising ..................................................................................Patty Melgaard, Ann Brown, Paul Anschultz Veterans ..............................................................................................................................................Mary Kay Hollingsworth Hospitality/Parade ....................................................................................................................................Ginny & Bud Thayer President Abe Lincoln/Visiting Authors......................................................................................................................Mike Null Monitor & Virginia Re-enactment ........................................................Mike Null, Lynn Nicely, Randy Sweet, Tom Brown, Bud Thayer, Ken Hohmann Battle of Olustee Descendants.................................................................................................................... Mary Jane Weaver Invitations to All Elected Officials........................................................................................................................Marlin Feagle Cancellation Stamps ................................................................................................................................................Joe Wilson Re-enactor Food/Battlefield ..............................................................................................................................Traci Hillhouse Weatherman ........................................................................................................................................................Grady Warren Photography ............................................................................................................................................................John Pierce

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