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Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and Other Oddities: A New York City Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Florida

by Milanich, Jerald T.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Retail Price: $24.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0813028485

For thousands of soldiers, the Civil War came at great personal cost. Yet for Amos Jay Cummings, a sergeant major who commanded Union troops at both Fredericksburg and the Chancellorsville campaign, the Civil War thrust him from life in New York City to remote locals around the United States, including many of parts of the Florida peninsula. Writing under the nom de plume of Ziska, he ventured to this region in 1873 as correspondent for the New York Sun and revealed to his cosmopolitan readership this exotic and sometimes dangerous paradise that was inhabited by racists, rich soils, and renegade alligator hunters.

review of Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and Other Oddities: A New York City Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Florida, by Milanich, Jerald T., Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).