Rebel Storehouse: Florida's Contribution to the Confederacy

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Brings to light an overlooked aspect of Florida’s importance to the Confederacy.

Florida's role in the Civil War has long been overlooked or discounted by students of the conflict. Despite its isolation and the lack of important land battles, the state made a contribution to the Confederate war effort far out of proportion to its small population. After seceding from the Union in 1861, Florida joined the Confederacy with a reputation, born in the 1850s, as an area of great ...

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Overview

Brings to light an overlooked aspect of Florida’s importance to the Confederacy.

Florida's role in the Civil War has long been overlooked or discounted by students of the conflict. Despite its isolation and the lack of important land battles, the state made a contribution to the Confederate war effort far out of proportion to its small population. After seceding from the Union in 1861, Florida joined the Confederacy with a reputation, born in the 1850s, as an area of great agricultural potential for the newly created country. Rebel leaders quickly came to regard Florida as an abundant source of foodstuffs.
The state became a major supplier of salt, beef, pork, and corn both for the rebel forces and for many civilians. Cattle in particular were driven northward in large numbers, providing rations for Confederate troops from Chattanooga to Charleston. Unfortunately, however, senior officials in the field and in Richmond often held unrealistic expectations about the volume of supplies Floridians could actually deliver. These same authorities for the most part also failed adequately to defend this crucial food source, a factor that may have accelerated the Confederacy's ultimate disintegration.

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"Very interesting and informative. Taylor's research seems to be exhaustive, and the book is well organized and clearly written. I know of no other work that both details the state's contribution and evaluates its effectiveness toward the southern cause."
—Donald W. Curl, Florida Atlantic University

"A solid account of Florida's importance economically during the war. A fascinating chronicle."
—Fred Blakey, University of Florida

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Correcting the neglect of Florida's role in the Civil War, examines the state's agricultural contribution to the Confederate effort and the war's economic effects. While the state supplied salt, beef, pork, and corn to rebel forces and civilians, senior officials in Richmond overestimated the volume Floridians could deliver, and failed to defend this crucial food source. Contains b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817350581
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Alabama Fire Ant Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,496,655
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and author or editor of six books, including Florida in the Civil War.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Florida's Economy in the 1850s 1
2 Secession, War, and the Blockade 21
3 Salt Production in Confederate Florida 44
4 Florida Agriculture and the Confederacy 66
5 Rebel Beef: 1861-1863 90
6 Cattle for the Confederacy: 1864-1865 112
7 Union Forces in Florida 133
8 Florida and the Confederate Economy 155
Appendix 161
Notes 165
Bibliography 197
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    Great Book

    Very informative in an organized, un-biased style. Opens up a whole another realm of the Civil War that is talked about very little.

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