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July - September 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 3
 
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Images of America: Central Florida's Civil War Veterans

Bob Grenier book launch and signing
Dusty Matthews

Bob Grenier, author of Images of America: Tavares, Woodlea: Life on the Lake of the Dancing Sunbeams, and Florida's Forgotten Pioneer: the Gallant Captain Melton Haynes, will introduce his new book Central Florida's Civil War Veterans on July 17th at 2pm. During Reconstruction, many veterans from both sides of the Mason-Dixon began new lives in the "Eastern Frontier."

With more than 200 vintage images, the “Sunshine State” remembers a stormy time in American history and celebrates its courageous veterans and their families through author Bob Grenier’s new title Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. “I hope that this book encourages residents and tourists to visit places where they can learn more about the men and women who settled their communities and their roles in the War Between the States,” Grenier says.

Many of the images and histories are courtesy of Florida’s municipal, county, and state historical societies, museums, and libraries. “Each county featured spotlights those men and women, whether Union or Confederate, aristocracy or commoner, magnates or working class citizens, who made a lasting impression in their region,” Grenier says.

150 years later, residents and tourists alike are sure to enjoy this unique view of Central Florida’s veterans and their role in the Civil War. “There are many great books and publications about the military strategies, political ambitions, and skirmishes that took place in Florida during the War Between the States, but Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans provides a personal look into the lives of the men and women who entered the annals of Florida’s history,” Grenier writes.

For more information, please call (352)728-9790 or email librarian@leesburgflorida.gov.