Friday, February 5, 2010

New Book on the Civil War in Florida is now Available

 I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest book, The History of Jackson County, Florida: The War Between the States.

Available at, the book is 330 pages long and focuses on the history of the people - white and black - of a typical plantation county of the Deep South during the Civil War years. Jackson County was then one of the most prosperous and heavily populated counties in Florida. The home of the state's Confederate governor, it suffered more severe economic devastation during the war than any other county in Florida. The county seat, Marianna, was the objective of the deepest penetration of Confederate Florida by Union troops during the war.

Events covered range from suicides and escape attempts in the county's slave community to "brother against brother" battles between local troops and their former friends and neighbors who became members of guerrilla bands and Union cavalry regiments. The book also includes a large amount of previously unpublished material on the life of Governor John Milton, who committed suicide in Jackson County on April 1, 1865, after telling friends that death was preferable to defeat at the hands of the North.

If you are in Jackson County, signed copies are available at Chipola River Book and Tea in Downtown Marianna (across the street from the Battle of Marianna Monument).  If you prefer to order directly from, please just click the ad above.

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