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