Program Details

Florida's Role in the Civil War - Boca Raton

Wesley Borucki
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Of the eleven states that seceded from the Union and ultimately formed the Confederate States of America by early 1861, Florida was the smallest in terms of population and thus predictably contributed the lowest number of soldiers and sailors to the Confederate armed forces. However, with its natural resources and extensive coastline, Florida was strategically and economically very important. This presentation will highlight how the Union and Confederate armed forces made Florida a battleground from 1861 to 1865. It will explore the resources at stake, and the political factions and actors who shaped an interesting history in those terrible wartime years and who paved the way for Florida's postwar development in the Reconstruction period. The battles in Florida were nowhere near as large as those commonly described in history books, like Gettysburg and Antietam, but men still made the ultimate sacrifice on both sides and contributed to the war's final outcome in their own way. "Excellent and informative lecture! The instructor’s passion for the subject matter was evident. I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation!" - OLLI Patron

About the Instructor

  • Wesley Borucki, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his 20th year as an Associate Professor of American History at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His specialties are the Antebellum South, Civil War, and Reconstruction. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Alabama. Professor Borucki has published two biographies for Nova Science Publisher’s “First Men, America’s Presidents” series: “Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer” in 2014 and “George H.W. Bush: In Defense of Principle” in 2011. He was part of C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey Group in 2021. Professor Borucki received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994) and his bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University (1992).