From: Phil Walters <gatorstick@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013
Subject: Call for Action at Olustee Battlefield (Florida)
To: Phil Walters <gatorstick@tampabay.rr.com>

Please react to this survey and encourage your friends to do the same.

To Sportsmen of Southern Descent or Spirit,

There is an issue brewing at the Olustee battlefield park near Lake City, Fl. This is where a Yankee invasion force of nearly 5,000 was strongly defeated in 1864  by Confederate forces hailing mostly from Florida & Georgia. There is a movement to underscore  the 1912 unity monument with the addition of another monument.

We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are not opposed to the Grand Army of the Republic/Sons of Union Veterans (GAR/SUV) monument, we are opposed to the LOCATION of where they and the DEP-Parks & Recreation have agreed to place it, which is in close proximity to the 1912 unity monument that honor BOTH sides of the conflict. We believe this location detracts from the ambiance of over a century along with the history of the 1912 monument was placed by the PEOPLE of FLORIDA not of an invader.

The earlier action of Florida’s citizens vote to  leave the US over predominantly the Morril Tariff (Forced high import/export taxes) caused Florida & the rest of the South to defend themselves from an armed invasion to enforce & collect this tax. (Sound relevant to our experience today with our government? Naw, Washington DC NEVER twists their real intent or action) For Florida, the largest among many of the Union invasion forces sent to conquer, loot, burn, destroy and subjugate the peaceful citizenry of Florida was the force that was engaged and defeated at Olustee, who’s ultimate goal was to emulate the actions of Gen. Sherman in Mississippi by capturing and/or leveling our state’s capitol in Tallahassee, the Panhandle railway and lay waste to the surrounding area’s ability to produce food. Needless to say, we the descendents of those ravaged view an additional monument praising the actions of an invader is akin why the  Sioux would be slightly perturbed with a monument honoring Gens. Custer, Sheridan or Sherman.

I’m asking you to respond to a survey by DEP-Parks & Recreation to locate the GAR/SUV monument in area F-5 which is directly across & in close proximity to the Interpretive center at the entrance to the battlefield. Please respond and forward to like minded folks.

Link to survey: http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/civilwar/monuments/olustee-battlefield/1912-united-daughters-of-the-confederacy/

Please select area F-5 for monument location.

Deo vendice,
Capt. Phil Walters
1st Lt. Commander-Judah P. Benjamin camp 2210 Sons of Confederate Veterans Tampa
Commander-9th Brigade Florida Division- Sons of Confederate Veterans
Sponsor:  “The Grey Ghost-Capt.  JJ Dickison 1971 AMC Javelin

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Additional info From the Commander of the Florida Division SCV:

From: scvcamp1316@att.net [mailto:scvcamp1316@att.net]
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2013
To: Subject: Fw: Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park Monument Update

Gentlemen

I am forwarding to you an important e-mail.  This e-mail, you will find below my message, is from Mr. Gregory the Assistant Director of Florida’s Division of Recreation and Parks and concerns the placement of the now approved Union monument to be placed at the Olustee Battlefield.

We are opposed to the placement of the monument on the original 3 acre parcel donated to the State of Florida by the UDC.  That parcel is an important cultural and historical recourse and should be left as it is. I have explained this to Mr. Gregory on several occasions.

I am asking that you request the Union monument’s location be in F5 which is outside of the original 3 acres.

If placed there:

The Union monument will be equidistant from the entrance to the park (US Highway 90) as the grand 1912 monument.  Park visitors will not access one before the other

The Union monument will be equidistant from the road that passes through the park as the 1912 monument.  The Union monument will be on the west side and the 1912 monument will be on the east side.  Neither monument will detract from or compete with the other.

The 1912 monument is dedicated to the memory of the men who fought for the Union and the Confederacy.  The proposed monument dedicated solely to the memory of the Union troops should be located separate from any and all other single purpose monuments.

In 1909, the Florida legislature acquired three acres to build a memorial to commemorate the Battle of Olustee.  On October 23, 1912 Union and Confederate survivors of the Battle of Olustee gathered at the Monument for its dedication.  At or about this time the battlefield became the state’s first historic site.  The three acre original site should remain, as close as possible, in the same condition as it was on that historic day.

The F-5 site is where Union units have, for many years, bivouacked during the annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee.

Forward this important and time sensitive e-mail to your Camps so they can get it out to all their members. You have a voice in this and we must use it to save our Heritage.  If we all respond we will have a loud voice.

God Save The South

Jim Davis-Commander Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans