These letters, written by Daniel Richards to Elihu B. Washburne, throw considerable light on the hectic days of Reconstruction in Florida. Not only do these friendly messages reveal much of what the author actually witnessed of the United States military occupation in the peninsula state but a number of referenes are made to the chaotic economic conditions which existed generally at that time. Although Florida had fewer Negroes in proportion to population than some of the former Confederate states, the problem of relations between the races was one with great complexities. At least some of the obstacles to the establishment of good relations between the two races in Florida just after the Civil War are revealed in these letters of Daniel Richards.
Osborn, George E.
"Letters of a Carpetbagger in Florida, 1866-1869,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 36:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol36/iss3/5