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War & Reconstruction

History of Time Period

The Ordinance of Secession was signed in Tallahassee on January 11, 1861. Many great leaders of the state were opposed to the war, but were Southerners first and fought with the homeland. Florida’s most effective contribution to the cause was food, as the rav­ages of war came no closer to the capital city than twenty miles south.

It was here at Natural Bridge that a small group of old men and cadets from West Florida Seminary (now Florida State University) successfully defended the capital against attack. It was this heroic effort that distinguished Tallahassee as the only Southern Capital east of the Missis­sippi River not to fall to the Union Army. It was only two months later, however, that the union leaders returned in victory and raised the Stars and Stripes again over the Capitol, and sent couriers into the countryside to advise the slaves they were now free.

The growth of the state moved southward. Tallahassee’s main industry was State Government, agriculture, and education. The economy was sound and by the end of the century Tal­lahassee stood on a firm foundation.

War & Reconstruction Krewe Chief- Jerry Kutz  

Jerry was born in Coral Gables, Florida and raised in Miami and Melbourne. He graduated from Florida State with a BS and a MBA.

He is Senior Vice President of Seminole Boosters, Inc. in charge of Capital Campaigns and Special Projects. Prior to joining Seminole Boosters, he owned and published the Osceola, an independent weekly tabloid covering FSU sports.

Jerry has served as New Member Ambassador for his Krewe, assistant float chair in 2013, float chair 2014, major party chair 2015, and has enjoyed hosting War and Re Krewe parties. Jerry is happily married to Vera McKinney Kutz, a voice actress known as Alex Summers on local radio. They have two children (Karson 25 and Lukas 13).  His interests include family, friends, beach and boating, and Seminole Athletics.