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
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.