Fort Clinch Protest 1976

Joshism

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Jupiter, FL
Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach, FL is in a state park. In 1976, because of the bicentennial, it became the site of the first living history program in the Florida Park Service.

Since the fort was occupied by the Confederates for 1 year and the Union Army for 3 years the park service unsurprisingly decided to have the reenactors portray Union soldiers.

"Within days it seemed we had ignited another Civil War. The UDC and SCV were angered that we had permitted Yankees to occupy Fort Clinch."
-Jim Stevenson, My Journey In Florida's State Parks

The UDC and SCV apparently simmered down when they became aware that the park service would be holding an Olustee reenactment in 1977, which became an annual event and accurately depicted a Confederate victory.
 

Joshism

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
Apr 30, 2012
Location
Jupiter, FL
Wasn't there a protest just a few years ago when it was proposed a Union monument be erected at Olustee?

The original legislation for the Olustee monument in 1901 was to honor Confederate and Union soldiers. Then someone in the UDC remembered a large number of Union soldiers at Olustee were USCT, so the legislation was revised two years later.

Thus adding a Union monument at Olustee would, ironically, restore the original intention of the monument.
 
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