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Florida Lecture Series

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


TRACY JEAN REVELS, Professor of History, Wofford College presents

“Florida’s Civil War: A Family Story”

Though it was the third state to secede, Florida was ignored and unprotected by the Confederacy during the Civil War. The home front was contested, especially in port cities, and many Floridians became refugees. Raids and guerilla activity inflicted misery on civilians. While Confederate patriotism ruled in Middle Florida, in other areas apathy or a growing Unionism led to deprivations and desertion. Slaves fled to freedom and neighbor turned against neighbor. The one notable battle fought in Florida, the Battle of Olustee, was disproportionately bloody. A frontier at the start of the war, the conflict left Florida even more of a wilderness. Professor Tracy Revels’s program will highlight the multi-faceted experiences of Floridians during America’s most destructive war. Dr. Tracy Revels is associate professor of history at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. She earned a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University and specializes in 19th-century American history. She is the author of three books, including Florida’s Civil War: Terrible Sacrifices.

This lecture is generously sponsored by Professor Walter W. Manley II, FSC alumnus.

Location: Hollis Room

All programs are held at 7:00 PM on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland and are free and open to the public.


The Florida Lecture Series is a forum that brings speakers to the Florida Southern College campus to explore Florida life and culture from a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, and art. The overall objective of the series is to bring members of the community, the faculty, and the student body together to interact with and learn from leading scholars in their fields.

The Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Center for Florida History

Founded in 2001, the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History strives to enhance the teaching, study, and writing of Florida history. The center seeks to preserve the state’s past through cooperative efforts with historical societies, preservation groups, museums, public programs, media, and interested persons. This unique center, housed in the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr., Archives Center, is a source of continuing information created to increase appreciation for Florida history.

For more information, please contact Dr. James M. Denham at 863.680.3001 or email jdenham@flsouthern.edu


January 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Center for Florida History


Hollis Room, Buckner Building, Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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