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Four governors in one year – Part 1


As I noted in a previous article, in April the minds of many U.S. historians are drawn to thoughts of the American Civil War.

One of the many sadly unique circumstances having to do with that conflict occurred in the Confederate state of Florida.

Of the eleven southern states that seceded from the Union, Florida had the smallest population by far with only slightly more than 140,000 residents (of whom almost 62,000 were slaves).

Of the approximately 850,000 men who fought in the Confederate Army, therefore, only 15,000 came from Florida.

And while some Floridians favored the North instead o...

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