Cedar Key RV Resort – 11980 SW Shiloh Road, Sumner
First of a three part series will feature Joshua Goodman, staff historian for the State Library and Archives of Florida in Tallahassee.
PART 1 – Soldier, Refugee, Contraband: “The Many Faces Of War” will provide a look into life in the Cedar Keys under Union control during the American Civil War.
PART 2 – “Salt – The Lifeline Of The Confederacy” presented by Toni C. Collins, Historian and author.
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 Tohoma. Also discussion about “Salt Island” located in the Waccasassa Bay Preserve.
PART 3 – “The Skirmish At Station No. 4” sets fourth 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. Bob Wooley, a member of the Gainesville Civil War Roundtable of North Florida will tell us.
http://www.levycountyhistoricalsociety.com or call Lindon Lindsey at 352-493-4066 or Toni Collins at 352-490-5636.