William B. Lees and Frederick P. Gaske
One hundred and fifty years ago, Florida was shaken by battle, blockade, economic deprivation, and the death of native sons both within and far outside its borders. Today, tributes to the valor and sacrifice of Florida’s soldiers, sailors, and civilians can be found from the Pandhandle to the Keys. In Recalling Deeds Immortal, authors William Lees and Frederick Gaske look at the diversity of Civil War monuments built in Florida between Reconstruction and present day and show how the creation of these monuments created new social battlegrounds as various groups competed to control the message behind the memorialization of fallen soldiers and veterans. Examining the evolution of Civil War Monuments, the authors demonstrate that the construction of these memorials is itself an important part of Civil War and post-Civil War history.