Are you interested in the American Civil War and the history that shaped Central Florida? Do you wonder what happened to those who fought after the war? East Lake County Library will host author Bob Grenier who will discuss his latest book Images of America: Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans on Monday August 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The saga of the War Between the States in Florida is not well-known beyond the borders of the Sunshine State, except the actions within the third state to secede from the Union were quite prominent - the battles of Olustee and Natural Bridge, the sinking of the USS Columbine on the St. Johns River, General William Birney’s Raid, the intrepid Cow Cavalry, Confederate spy sisters Lola, Panchita, and Eugenia Sánchez, and the “flight into oblivion” of the Confederate Cabinet members.
Following the war, in the midst of Reconstruction, many veterans from both sides of the Mason-Dixon packed what remained of their lives and traveled to the warm climate of the “Eastern Frontier” to begin a new life. This book serves as a memorial and tribute to those courageous veterans and their families who endured through this tumultuous time in American history. In the eloquent words of Captain John Jackson Dickison - “Florida may be justly proud of her gallant sons; wherever her standard has been borne, they have covered it with glory, and, with their heart’s blood, secured for her an honorable position among her sister States.”
Author Bob Grenier is a former Vice Mayor and Councilman for the City of Tavares. He moved to Florida from Chicago in 1985. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and Past President of the Lake County Historical Society and the Tavares Historical Society. In 2012, Mr. Grenier received the “Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal”; the highest award presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. He is involved in many historical preservation and restoration projects including the saving of the Capt. Haynes Woodlea house.
The East Lake County Library is located at 31340 C.R.437 S in Sorrento. For directions and information call 352-383-9980 or visit the website at http://www.mylakelibrary.org .