Have received your book, The 1st Florida Cavalry Union Volunteers in the Civil War and must say I am very impressed. I've only just started it, but the tasteful cover and quality of the paper, print and binding are very good. Your scholarship shows through in every chapter. The comprehensive roster showing which men rode in which campaigns is also very informative and precisely the information I am seeking. The opening chapters describing the make up of the nearby counties in the years leading up to the war are very revealing -- few slave holders lived in these parts. There were some, but not as many as the big plantations to the east, nearer Tallahassee. So, the reader gets a sense where the local pro-Union sentiments may have been rooted. Not so much against slavery (as you have stated) but in favor of the Union, probably for economic reasons as much as anything.
I have to fight the urge to jump ahead and read about the more "famous" (infamous?) raids the 1st FL Cav USA partook in. Actually, I did jump ahead to some of the rosters. I find Joseph Garrett (Garrotte? Garret, etc.?) was in just about all of them! Not sure he is one of our branch of the family however, since he is from Barbour County, AL.
Anyway, your book is well written, beautifully researched and will offer hours of reflection on those dark days from the past when the country was torn in two by contending cultures. Thanks for all the hard work and for this book!