Florida Civil War Blockades: Battling for the Coast

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Florida was the third Southern state to secede from the United States in 1860-61. With its small population of 140,000 and no manufacturing, few Confederate resources were allocated to protect the state. Some 15,000 Floridians served in the Union and Confederate armies (the highest population percentage of any southern state), but perhaps Florida's greatest contributions came from its production of salt (an essential need for preserving meat and manufacturing gunpowder), its large herds of cattle (which fed two southern armies), and its 1500 mile shoreline (which allowed smugglers to bring critical supplies from Europe and the Carribean). Florida in the Civil War: Blockaders will focus on the men and ships that fought this prolonged battle at sea, along the long and largely vacant coasts of the Sunshine State and on Florida soil. The information will be drawn from official sources, newspaper articles and private accounts. Approximately fifty (50) period photographs and drawings will be incorporated into the text.
ISBN: 9781609493400
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Civil War
Images: 45
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Nick Wynne is the author or co-author of several books and has won several awards for his writing. The former executive director of the Florida Historical Society, he is also a veteran of twenty years in college classrooms. He resides with his wife, Debra, and two cats in Rockledge, Florida. Joseph Crankshaw is an award-winning veteran Florida journalist who has written extensively on Florida history for the Florida Times-Union, the Miami Herald and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. He has published articles in many other newspapers, the National Guardsman and Civil War history magazines; is author of "Stuart," a short history of that community; and has been a co-author or contributing writer for many publications. In 2008, the Florida Historical Society gave him the Dorothy Dodd Lifetime Achievement Award for his writings on Florida history. He holds a degree in history and political science from Stetson University. A veteran of the Korean War, he lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Stuart.
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