The Civil War in Tampa

Tour curated by: The Tampa Historical Team, especially Aaron Lewis

Although mostly out of harm's way during the Civil War, Tampa experienced several small engagements between Union and Confederate forces, the Battles of Tampa and Fort Brooke & Ballast Point. The memory of the Civil War lived on through the Confederate memorial, Memoria in Aeterna, and the elementary school which bore the name of Robert E. Lee. Both existed until this past year, 2017, when Memoria in Aeterna was removed after a vote by the city commissioners and Lee Elementary burned down in a fire following Hurricane Irma.

Locations for Tour

Of all the states in the Confederacy, Florida was one of the least touched by direct conflict throughout the war. Florida was mostly blockaded due to its long coastline and proximity to trade routes to the Caribbean. Early in the war, many in Florida…

Fort Brooke was active during the American Civil War and was attacked on two different occasions by Northern forces during the war, the Battle of Fort Brooke (and Battle of Ballast Point) and the fort’s eventual capture on May 6th, 1864 by the…

The history of the Confederate monument residing at the Courthouse of Hillsborough County in Tampa, FL, began as early as 1903. That year, Azeele Carruthers, President of the Tampa Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, No. 113,…

There are many areas throughout the United States that bear the names of Confederate generals and leaders of the Civil War. Used as a tribute to the memorialization of the Confederacy and the “Lost Cause,” these symbols litter the American…