This account of the battle of Olustee has been prepared at the invitation of the Florida Historical Society from the reports contained in War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. A careful study of this source leaves one unsatisfied where the aim has been to arrive at definite facts of such nature as would enable a fairly complete record to be offered. It is undoubtedly true that these official records must give more accurate and complete information than any others, since the reports were generally made within a few days after the events occurred and have the sanction of official responsibility for accuracy and completeness. Yet that which is sought does not exist. Purported facts relating to the same occurrence are greatly at variance, while important elements necessary for analyzing and deducing other facts are entirely missing.
Baltzell, George F.
"The Battle of Olustee (Ocean Pond) Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol9/iss4/4