Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Florida in the Civil War
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.