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The Homefront: Government and Private Support

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Florida's state government generally strongly supported the southern war effort. For example, in late 1862, the legislature decided to remove the carpet in the capitol so that it could be cut up and made into blankets for Florida's ill-equipped troops serving in cold winter camps outside the state. In a more substantive move, the legislature voted to provide much-needed, although minimal, assistance to the many families of soldiers who were left destitute by the war. Florida had limited resources to meet the huge demands of equipping troops and running a wartime economy.

Southern citizens and foreign investors demonstrated their support for the South by purchasing Confederate bonds. The South experienced a lack of hard currency to buy foreign goods, since many merchants would not accept southern credit or Confederate currency in payment for products.

Governor John Milton

Governor John Milton

Florida three-dollar bill

Florida three-dollar bill

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