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Florida's Army Robert HawkFlorida's Army
Robert Hawk

Hardback $25
ISBN: 0-910923-34-5
Size: 8.5 x 11
310 Pages
150 b&w photos



In Florida's Army you will learn the secret of how the fortress of Castillo de San Marcos withstood incredible assaults and still stands today as it stood for over 300 years. You will discover that the open warfare between the Florida Spanish and the English settlers to the north was sparked by a sliced-off ear. You will learn how after 20 years of British rule, Florida was handed back to the Spanish for their participation on the winning side in the American Revolution. You will read of the Confederate victory at Olustee, the only major engagement fought in Florida during the Civil War. You will learn that while bloody battles were fought over control of this swampy territory, it was usually by pen rather than by sword that a new flag came to be flown over Florida.

In Florida's Army you will meet Achille Murat, a nephew of Napolean Bonaparte and lieutenant colonel of the Florida militia; Osceola, chief of the Seminole Indians; William Wing Loring, who rose from "boy soldier" of the Florida militia to major general of the Confederate Army to pasha of the Egyptian Army; J.J. Dickison and David Lang, who went from rebel colonels to Adjutant Generals of the Florida Militia; Sumter Lowry, the "perfect Guardsman"; and many others.

The story is told in pictures, too, as over 150 photographs illustrate the text of Florida's Army. The chapters of early history contain rare old photographs and maps, the result of long and arduous research. The excellent action photographs of the later chapters depict the role of Florida National Guardsmen in the wars of this century.

Each chapter has a special section that highlights a topic such as Florida's Naval Militia, the 159th Fighter-Bomber Squadron 1950-1952, Florida's Mexican War Casualties, and many others. The appendices are invaluable research tools as they offer lists of war casualties never before compiled and published.

"If you have an affection for, or have ties to, Florida's citizen-soldier heritage, you'll be interested in Florida's Army. Even if you hail from one of the other 49 states, you'll find that a history of the evolution of the militia and guard in one state yields valuable insight into a far broader spectrum of America's military— and democratic—heritage." —Soldier of Fortune


Robert Hawk was raised in a military family and lived in many states. He graduated from high school in Florida and after service in the Navy as a hospital corpsman, he settled permanently in Florida. He received his BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Florida. He has done many things in his diverse career, including teaching history at a college level for 18 years, acting and directing, working in sales and management, writing freelance, and now acting as Director of the Historical Division of the Florida Department of Military Affairs. He collects British military medals, is active in historical reenactments, and lives in Gainesville.

Hardback $25 ISBN: 0-910923-34-5 Size: 8.5 x 11 310 Pages 150 b&w photos

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