February 20, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour is beaten at the Battle of Olustee (right). Capturing Jacksonville, FL on February 7, 1864, Union forces began making plans to move inland with the goals of depriving the Confederacy of the region's resources and establishing a loyal government in Florida. Pressing west on February 20, Seymour encountered Confederate forces led by Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan near Olustee Station. Coming under attack, Seymour committed his forces piecemeal through the afternoon and was eventually overwhelmed after bloody fighting. Retreating back to Jacksonville, Union forces did not mount another major campaign in Florida for the remainder of the war.
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