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(11-2006) Cedar Key Museum
Interpretive Sign: Destruction of Confederate sloops off Cedar Keys. Blockade runners usually carried cotton, turpentine, rosin or lumber. Incoming boats brought sugar, flour, coffee, sulphur, cannon powder, percussion caps and potassium


(11-2006) Cedar Key Museum
Enfield Rifled Musket - Model 1862
Interpretive Sign: This muzzle-loading rifled musket is a replica of the original British Enfields that were widely used during the Civil War. Using the percussion cap system, it fired a .577 caliber Minie' bullet developed by French Army Captain Minie'. This bullet was hollow at the base, which caused it to expand and grip the rifling in the barrel. The Enfield and its counterpart the Springfield were very accurate weapons, with an effective range of 500 yards. More than 800, 000 Enfields were bought from England by the North and South


(11-2006) Cedar Key Museum
Interpretive Sign: Salt was one of the most important War-time products of the Cedar Keys area. (In the 1860's lack of refrigeration made salt an essential commodity in preserving meat for the Confederate armies.) Salt was made by boiling sea water in great kettles and sheet-iron boilers. On October 4 and 6, 1862, a landing party from the U.S.S. Somerset destroyed 50 to 60 boilers near Station Four. These boilers were capable of producing 150 bushels of salt a day. Salt was steadily produced on a small scale by family groups. Sold for a dollar a pound and the men who were engaged in its production were exempt from military service


(11-2006) Cedar Key Museum
Interpretive Sign: During a raid by the U.S.S Hatteras on January 16, 1862, Cedar Keys fell into Federal hands. The following were destroyed:

A battery on Seahorse Key
A field piece on Depot Key
The railroad depot, wharf, telegraph office and a turpentine warehouse on Way Key (Cedar Key)
4 schooners, 3 sloops and a ferry boat were destroyed in the harbor

The Federal army and navy controlled Cedar Keys until the War ended

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