Civil War still rages in 2014 for Floridans

The Civil War may have been over for nearly 150 years, but in Olustee, Fla. the battle is still raging.

Tensions arose when the Florida chapter of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War proposed a monument honoring Union soldiers who fought in the battle. The historic state park already possesses three monuments commemorating Confederate soldiers.

Locals see the fight against the proposed monument as “the Second Battle of Olustee,” according to The Times. They argue that the decision to add a Union monument has come from park officials, and not from an elected body.

One local referred to the proposed monument as representation of “revisionist history,” according to The Times.

Olustee is home to one of the largest Civil War re-enactments in the Southeast, which will occur in February. Tensions over the proposed monument will likely not have subsided by then.


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