Special Exhibition Gallery

By Land and Sea: Florida in the Civil War

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County presents the special exhibition, By Land and Sea: Florida in the Civil War, at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in the 1916 Palm Beach County Court House from September 8, 2015 - July 2, 2016.

Visitors to the exhibition will be immersed in the history of Florida from 1861 to 1877, the period during the Civil War and the years immediately following, known as Reconstruction. The exhibit will tell the stories of Floridians and how they joined the fight, including Confederates, Unionists, and former slaves who escaped their bondage with the help of the Union. It will focus particularly on how Florida contributed to the Confederacy and the high costs of war and freedom.

The exhibition will emphasize three Florida-specific themes:

Naval Contributions. By examining everyday life aboard a US naval vessel searching for Confederate blockade runners, the exhibit will endeavor to expose the amount of activity in Florida’s coastal waters. From escaping slaves hired by the US Navy to serve aboard ships, to the ship’s doctor who recorded each encounter and the injuries and illnesses associated with the conflict, visitors will reach an understanding of the vicissitudes of the war’s participants.

Agricultural Contributions. Florida supplied the Confederacy with vital supplies, including salt, beef cattle, and goods smuggled in past the Union blockaders. After the war, the cattle industry and agriculture expanded to become the backbone of the state’s economy.

Daily Life at War. Music and games helped relieve the tedium of shipboard and camp life. Examining the rudimentary medical equipment and the weapons of war will provide the view into the obstacles participants had to overcome in order to survive.


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Civil War Banner 1 Blockade Runner