State park to commemorate Battle of Olustee

The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 35th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, February 18-20. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
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‘Florida in the Civil War’ at the Orange County Regional History Center

WHAT: The contributions and the catastrophes of Floridians are displayed in “Florida in the Civil War,” an exhibit that opens at the Orange County Regional History Center this Saturday. The display covers how Florida residents survived a Union blockade of the coastline and explains how they shipped beef and salt to Confederate forces. Also among [...]

The continuing fight over the Civil War and its cause

Keeping in mind that 82-year-old Georgia Ayers has six children, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, and has taught and mentored several thousand more, the most uncomfortable question she’s ever been asked by a youngster has nothing to do with sex or reproduction.
“Whew!” Ayers, an elder stateswoman and unofficial historian in Miami’s African American community [...]

Tampa Bay goes blue and gray

The Civil War ‘Blue and Gray’ exhibit opened at the Tampa Bay History Center on Monday, the 150th anniversary of Florida’s secession from the Union.
The display features Civil War-era maps, weapons, and photographs. There’s even a cannonball that was launched into a home in Tampa in 1862.
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PHOTOS Area historians reflect on day Florida seceded from union 150 years ago

Hank Hendry has the Civil War in his blood.
The Fort Myers attorney’s downtown office sits off Main Street, on a piece of land that would have been within the wooden walls of the original United States military fort built during the Seminole Wars.
It is also the very fort that his great, great grandfather, Capt. Francis [...]

Tour offers glimpse of a Civil War Christmas

Trees trimmed with tinsel and extravagant presents weren’t part of the experience for soldiers fighting the Civil War, and likewise the tours this weekend at the Florida Agricultural Museum were devoid of the glitz associated with the season.
“This is a unique opportunity to see what the life of a Union soldier was on the eve [...]

Our history tattered and torn

A handmade Confederate flag carried during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island during the Civil War will get an extensive and expensive makeover.
West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. is trying to raise $13,500 to repair and preserve the 66-inch-by-44-inch wool-and-cotton flag.
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For Jacksonville couple, historical re-enactments are real business

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Unless they’re Dean Lauramore, a Jacksonville woodworker whose handiwork mirrors Civil War-era goods.
He and his wife of 26 years, Anita Lauramore, participate in Civil War re-enactments throughout the region as sutlers, the traveling merchants who followed army troops.
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History comes alive at the Geneva Cemetery

Geneva may be a small community, but its history is extensive.
The Geneva Historical Society put that rich history on display on Nov. 6 at its first cemetery tour.
Guides lead groups of visitors through the cemetery, stopping to listen to actors as they stood next to their character’s gravestones and told stories of their past.
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Confederate flag stirs endless debate

Every day, Marcus Fowler rides a bike to his job at a furniture warehouse. Every day, he pedals along U.S. 92, a gritty industrial strip off Interstate 75.
Every day, the 48-year-old black man looks up at the huge Confederate flag that dominates the urban landscape
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