It is something of an irony that Jacksonville, a sleepy town removed from the major centers of agitation prior to the Civil War, was affected so directly by the passions raging across the land. Jacksonville was settled by people from all parts of the country, many of whom earned a living catering to a cosmopolitan mix of travellers, including many from foreign lands. With a resident population about one-third southern, one-third northern, and one-third slave, Jacksonville was, in effect, a kind of national microcosm where the prevailing political controversies were acted out to their logical and disastrous ends.
Martin, Richard A.
"Defeat in Victory: Yankee Experience in Early Civil War Jacksonville,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 53:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol53/iss1/3