Friday, March 13, 2009

The "Jackson County War"

During the years after the end of the War Between the States, an outbreak of violence took place in Jackson County that was so severe it is often called a war in its own right.

The "Jackson County War" was one of the most violent uprisings in the Reconstruction era South. Murders, political assassinations, assaults and bitter reprisals were the tactics of the day and over a period of several years, the Northwest Florida county literally became the scene of a bloodbath as bad as any in Missouri and Kansas during the years before the war.

The uprising targeted both white leaders and their supporters as well as black freedmen and the exact number of deaths that took place may never be known. Some estimates have ranged as high as 168 over a four year period.

Dan Weinfeld, an accomplished researcher and writer, has just completed a new book on the "Jackson County War" that will be released this summer. He also has an outstanding blog that covers events of the Reconstruction era violence in Jackson County. I strongly encourage you to take a look. The address is http://danshistoryblog.blogspot.com/. He has more knowledge about the events of the "Jackson County War" than any person I've ever encountered and also has written the Reconstruction chapters of my soon to be released second volume of The History of Jackson County, Florida.

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