On Saturday, January 16, 2016, the Levy County Historical Society will present the first of three presentations about the invasion of the Civil War into Levy County. Everyone with an interest in the history and heritage of Levy County is invited to join us at this free event to learn more about this time in our history.

The first of the three part series will feature Joshua Goodman, staff historian for the State Library & Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. Joshua’s topic, “SOLDIER, REFUGEE, SAILOR, CONTRABAND: THE MANY FACES OF WAR” will provide a look into life in the Cedar Keys under Union control during the American Civil War.

Cedar Key was occupied by both Union soldiers and sailors during the American Civil War, but they weren’t the only ones around. One Union officer estimated that around 2,000 civilians, mainly refugees from the Confederacy, were also camped in the area. Who were these people, and why did they come to this area? Join State Archives historian Joshua Goodman for an exploration of Cedar Key’s Civil War occupiers, both military and civilian.

Joshua Goodman holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from Florida State University, and is completing his Ph.D. in History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  His primary responsibilities at the State Library & Archives are to research, write, and digitize historical content for the award-winning Florida Memory program, and to help coordinate outreach with communities across the state.

The second in the three part series, “SALT – THE LIFELINE OF THE CONFEDERACY,” will be presented on Saturday, February 13, 2016, by Levy County Historian and author, Toni C. Collins. Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, locals set up salt works to claim this precious resource from the waters to preserve the meats shipped to the soldiers fighting in the North. The salt works located on Live Oak Key at No. 4 Channel provided more than 150 barrels of salt a day until the operation was raided in October 1862 by the Union gunboats, the U.S.S. Somerset and Tahoma. Toni also will discuss “Salt Island” located in the Waccasassa Bay Preserve.

The third presentation in the series, “THE SKIRMISH AT STATION NO. 4″ sets forth the events that occurred early on the morning of February 13, 1865, between Union and Confederate soldiers in the fields on the mainland near one of the station stops on the Florida Railroad. Although both sides fought a valiant battle, you will have to join us on Saturday, March 19, 2016, to hear Bob Wooley, a member of the Gainesville Civil War Roundtable of North Florida, tell us about the event.

All presentations start at 2:00 PM and will be held at the conference center of the Cedar Key RV Resort, 11980 SW Shiloh Road, Sumner (12 miles west of Otter Creek, just north of SR 24, the road to Cedar Key.). Ample parking is available across the Shiloh Road from the RV resort.

For more information, or call Lindon Lindsey at (352) 493-4066 or Toni Collins at (352) 490-5636.


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