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In 1861 Florida had been a state in the Federal Union for only 16 years. Its population of approximately 150,000 residents was made up of about 33% African-American slaves. Yet, this neophyte state was to become one of the first to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. For four long years Floridians fought on some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War. Within Florida, sharp struggles took place at locations such as Olustee and Fort Pickens. Smaller scale raids also occurred, and limited but bloody fights took place across the state. Florida was a miserable place for soldiers to campaign, as noted by one veteran in this interesting regional study:"The water is very bad, and the mosquitoes and flies are awful. I do not think there are less than 100 fleas on me." This difficult warfare carried out in a tropical locale is presented in this illustrated Civil War history book. The fighting in Florida has received limited attention by scholars. Here is a well written, informative and engaging book designed to fill that void. Subjects touched upon include major military actions, political developments and the acts of major figures of that time period. The author makes good use of period quotations from both major and minor characters of those historic days. 2001, Twenty-First Century Books, $25.90. Ages 10 up. Reviewer:Greg M. Romaneck
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Florida had been a state for only sixteen years when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Nevertheless Florida held a strong sense of southern pride and became the third state to join the Confederacy. Unfortunately, most Floridians fighting for the South were sent north to fight on the battlefields of Virginia and Tennessee, making it difficult for Florida to protect its own borders from both the Federal infantry and navy. Blockade-runners attempted to break through the Union ships by the cover of night, but ships that were captured were either sold or burned, putting a major strain on an already struggling Florida economy. In spite of this pressure, Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River not to fall into Federal hands before the end of the war. It is very difficult to make nonfiction interesting to the average teen, especially to those who loathe history, but Friend puts together the right mix of word and picture to keep most reluctant readers turning the pages. Source notes for each chapter and recommended resources at the end of the book allow for follow-up research. The book also is filled with Civil War-era photographs, maps, and artwork, making it easier for the reader to comprehend the story being told. Unfortunately, the narrow topic will prevent most small public and school libraries from purchasing this title. Nevertheless it would be an excellent purchase for those libraries with large Civil War or American history collections. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA CODES:4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Will appeal with pushing;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001,Twenty-First Century Books, 80p, $25.90. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Bradley Honigford—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
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Gr 8 Up-Friend utilizes quotes from many people of the day in this view of the Civil War. Florida was the third state to join the Confederacy and contributed food stuffs and beef to the army and to the civilian population. The state's miles of coastline offered harbors for blockade-runners and its rivers provided vital communication links. Its citizens valiantly defended their state against Union soldiers; nonetheless, Northern troops occupied Key West throughout the entire war, captured St. Augustine in March, 1862, and Jacksonville in February, 1864. Men from Florida were willing to join the army to defend their homes but not to march northward to other states. When forced to do so, thousands deserted. In May of 1865, the Union army took control of Tallahassee and Florida rejoined the Union. Well-known personages of the Civil War were associated with the state. Most noteworthy was Lewis Powell, alias Lewis Payne, who worked with John Wilkes Booth to plot the assassination of President Lincoln. Black-and-white reproductions, photos, maps, newspapers, and documents illustrate this book. Useful for regional libraries and large Civil War collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761319733
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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