Olustee Battlefield Cemetery

Posted by on October 15, 2013
Michael & Ranger Jeff checking out some of the graves.  These look old...but they're actually from the 90s

Michael & Ranger Jeff checking out some of the graves. These look old…but they’re actually from the 90s

Since it was overcast and fairly cool (66) this morning, I decided today was the day to take a very short walk to Monument Cemetery that lies just a few hundred feet from our coach.  I got dressed and slathered on some of Avon’s Skin So Soft as it seems to work pretty well as a bug repellent…for me at least.  Just as I finished preparing…it started raining…go figure!

Thankfully, it only rained for a very short period so I was still able to make my journey.  The cemetery is also known as the Olustee Battlefield Cemetery and is still in use today.  It’s actually quite unique in that the tops of most of the vaults are exposed.  Kinda ookie, in a way.

Park Ranger, Jeff, was in the cemetery when we arrived – he’s filling in for Frank who has the day off today.  We chatted for a long time with

The view of the coach from the cemetery...

The view of the coach from the cemetery…

him (he gave us some good tips on a few places to visit in the area).  He thought that the reason for the shallow graves could have been that since there are so many unmarked graves (from the Olustee Battle) scattered about this entire area that there is a rule about digging too deep.  Whatever, the case, it makes for a unique cemetery.  However, not many of the graves are very old.  The oldest marked grave we came across was from 1906 but many are from the 80s, 90s and a few as recent as July of 2013.

A memorial was erected in memory of those soldiers that lost their lives in the battle of Olustee in the center of the cemetery

A memorial was erected in memory of those soldiers that lost their lives in the battle of Olustee in the center of the cemetery

We tended to go with Jeff’s idea of why the graves are so shallow as a few years ago he had a gate installed on one of the fences near the cemetery and had to call in an archaeological surveyor to check for any ‘remains’ where he was going to dig the 2 foot deep post holes.  He was told that there had been a survey done in the past that revealed several graves in and around the area that were only about 3 feet deep.  Pretty interesting.

This is the large open area that we're wondering whether it could be where the mass gave is located.

This is the large open area that we’re wondering whether it could be where the mass gave is located.

From my reading on the internet, it sounds like there may be a mass grave of about 400 soldiers from the Olustee Battle buried on the grounds but no one seems to know exactly where it might be.  There is a rather large open area in one part of this small cemetery and we wondered if that might be it.  Hmmmm….

Shortly after we got back from our cemetery visit the truck came to pump out our tanks…just in time as our shower filled up this morning when I washed a load of towels!  Thank goodness it only fills up with grey water.  We found out last week that they don’t pump out every week…they pump out every 2 weeks.  So that was good to know…now we’ll have to be a little bit more careful.

I decided to make ‘lupper’ today…a dish introduced to me by our daughter-in-law, Amanda that I really enjoyed.  I’ve dubbed it ‘Manda’s Pork Chops’ and made it several times since she first made it for me a few years ago.  It’s a super easy and fast meal and you can find the recipe HERE if you’re interested in trying it too.

 

 

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