In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Department of State’s State Library and Archives of Florida presents “Distant Storm: Florida’s Role in the Civil War, an Online Sesquicentennial Exhibit.”
Beginning with a background to secession, this exhibit explores Florida’s Civil War history through an online narrative and descriptive presentation of original documents and manuscripts from the collections of the Department of State’s State Library and Archives of Florida.
Subsequent sections will cover events and topics relevant to Florida for each year of the war, 1861-1865.
John D. Pittman’s first year of college was unusually dramatic. Abraham Lincoln was elected President and on December 20, South Carolina seceded.
This section focuses on the history of slavery in Florida, the development of tensions between North and South, and Florida’s withdrawal from the Union.