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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493400
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,417,727
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 In the Beginning 11

2 Finding a Way 23

3 Florida Goes Dark 31

4 The Blockaders: A Sailor's Life 36

5 The Blockade Runners' Friend: Yellow Fever 42

6 For Patriotism and Profit: Blockade Runners 50

7 Florida's East Coast in the Blockade 58

8 Florida's West Coast in the Blockade: Fort Myers to Bayport 69

9 The Blockade: From Cedar Keys to Pensacola 81

10 Contrabands and Kettles 89

11 Fish, Corn and Citrus 99

12 Cattle, Contrabands and Conflict 106

13 The Final Year: 1865 113

14 The End 122

Additional Reading 125

About the Authors 127

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