While reading this I got the feeling that I knew who the teacher was. Sure enough, I had the same teacher and had gone to the same elementary school as the author! The story jumped right at me. Well done!!
As a fellow Southerner I was so glad you shared "our" story as you did. Not many know about Florida Crackers or the part Florida played in the Civil War. It shaped us into what we were. Now we are unfortunately known for the many tourist parks and other traps where people come to spend money and leave. There are still places in "old Florida" where things have not changed much in the last 100 years but they are few ad far between.