Personal accounts from the Civil War

When residents of our area have a question about local history, they turn to historian, author and Pensacola State College professor Dr. Brian Rucker.

If it happened in Northwest Florida and had any significance, Rucker likely knows about it.

“I really should start charging for this. I could make a fortune one quarter at a time,” he said with a laugh.

Rucker’s love for the past started from a very young age. He grew up in the Florida Panhandle north of the Yellow River, surrounded on all sides by family in his neighborhood. In his spare time, young Rucker read Scrooge McDuck comics and shucked peas with his family on the porch.

“There were no kids anywhere, and so I spent my childhood on the back porch shelling peas listening to my great grandmother and all these great aunt and uncles and grandparents talk about growing up here in the ‘20s, the ‘30s, the ‘40s. Or in my grandmother’s case the 1890s,” he said.

Rucker turned listening to these miniature histories into a career.

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