The soldiers who came back in 1865 found peace and security at least, and for a time there was business activity in Tallahassee. The nightmare of Reconstruction did not begin at once - not until the United States Army took the reins of government, and that other army of carpet-baggers and camp-followers came from everywhere like buzzards collecting.
Society, Florida Historical
"Notes on Reconstrucion in Tallahassee and Leon County, 1866-1876,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol5/iss3/7