Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Florida in the Civil War



 
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On January 10, 1861, barely fifteen years after becoming a state, a special convention of delegates from around Florida met in Tallahassee and voted to withdraw Florida from the Union. It had the smallest population, at 140,000, of any of the Confederate states and almost 63,000 of them were African Americans, most of whom were slaves. Florida saw minimal large-scale fighting during the Civil War, with the exception of the Battle of Olustee near Lake City and the Battle of Natural Bridge near Tallahassee. You can read more extensively about Florida’s Civil War history here. I took these pictures of items displayed in the Civil War exhibit at the Museum of Florida History in downtown Tallahassee.

14 comments:

Julie said...

From this distance, the American Civil War seems to have been one of the saddest in history.

B SQUARED said...

There are many in the state who would still like to withdraw, but for other reasons.

Leif Hagen said...

Those guns and swords are really cool! Looks like a very interesting museum!

Jacob said...

Not one of Florida's finest moments...and it took another hundred years before things really changed very much...

Darla said...

Interesting history here Lois.

Tricia said...

A huge part of American History! Great post, Lois!

James said...

Very interesting stuff, I went to a similar museum in Texas.

arctic dreamer said...

fascinating!

Frank said...

Interestingly, acting more like a border state then a southern state, Florida had hundreds of Union sympathizers who moved their allegiances back and forth depending on who could pay them better for cattle, etc. It was still such a young state - and so inhospitable - and had so few residents, I guess it wasn't a big target for the US government.

That is a very good museum.

Good post Lois.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow very historical!
This museum is very interesting indeed!
It's so nice to preserve the history.

Léia

Clueless in Boston said...

It looks like a very good museum.

Hilda said...

Fascinating history, Lois. I'm not very familiar with who joined which side so this is new to me.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

The weapon of mass destruction in those times....

I wish there will be War No More. I even dreaded the word fight ...even verbal.

All I care is Peace, Calm, Serene and Tranquil of which my life has a plenty.

Clytie said...

Such a sad part of history, well worth remembering so as not to be repeated.