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  1. Tom Elmore

    Lang’s Florida Brigade Versus the 1st Massachusetts and 26th Pennsylvania

    Date/Time/Location: July 2 / 6:50 p. m. / Emmitsburg Road Participants: Union: 1st Massachusetts Regiment (deployed as skirmishers) – estimate 18 officers, 303 enlisted men 26th Pennsylvania Regiment – estimate 24 officers, 341 enlisted men Battery C, 5th U.S. Artillery – six 12-Pounder...
  2. V

    Hello from the Space Coast of Florida

    Hello all! Looking forward to joining in on the discussions! Am a huge CW buff! Prior to living here on the Space Coast for 11 years we lived in northern VA (Loudoun County) for 18 years. So much CW history on the I-81 corridor. Went to several CW reenactments in VA and PA over the years there...
  3. Joshism

    Honoring The Wrong Dead

    While visiting a cemetery near Arcadia, Florida I was not surprised to see a number of SCV bronze markers and little CBFs fluttering by the graves of various Confederate veterans. However, one grave caught me by surprise. George was 14 when the American Civil War ended. What's the story here...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    Treasure Hunters Unearth Civil War Artifacts and Inspire New Course at Florida Prep

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A professional treasure hunter and his partners are exploring the history and mystery of Florida's East Coast, recently unearthing Civil War-era weapons. Dr. Michael Torres said the site in New Smyrna Bearch was once a military fort of the Confederacy that...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    Mandarin Point's Civil War Maple Leaf shipwreck is one-of-a-kind

    Scale model of Maple Leaf at the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society The night was still and silent. Experienced river pilot—and freedman—Romeo Murray knew every curve of the St. Johns River. A former slave of Zephaniah Kingsley, Murray had been piloting riverboats for the Union Army since...
  6. Belle Montgomery

    Team Responsible for Discovery Revisit Shipwreck Maple Leaf's Artifacts After 30 Years

  7. GELongstreet

    1st Battalion Florida Special Cavalry

    A website dedicated to the "Cow Cavalry", a Confederate cavalry unit organized to protect cattle in Florida, being vital for the supply of the army. The page has numerous rosters, biographic entries, maps, original documents and correspondence and various other articles; however by now is only...
  8. Joshism

    Political Reconstruction in Florida

    Jerrell H. Shofner. "Political Reconstruction in Florida." Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol. 45, No. 2 (Oct 1966) https://www.jstor.org/stable/30147741 A 26-page article available for free through JSTOR (if you sign up for a free account you can read a limited number of articles each month)...
  9. John Hartwell

    Harriet Beecher Stowe: "Mother" of Florida Winter Tourism

    The lady not only "wrote the book that started the Civil War," but, one hundred and fifty years ago, started the tradition of New England "Snowbirds" heading south to the Sunshine State for the winter. It was the birth of the Florida Tourist Industry. "In 1867, Harriet Beecher Stowe and her...
  10. Southern Volunteer

    Natural Bridge Monument Site

    My SCV camp participates in an adopt a road program at Natural Bridge in Tallahassee, I was out this morning participating and decided to take a look at the monument. The air was nice and crisp and the leaves are beginning to change colors. The flags were lowered to half staff in honor of...
  11. Joshism

    Seminole Wars Foreshadowing The American Civil War

    The Seminole Wars (1812-1858) in Florida can be considered one of the prologues to the American Civil War. One of the driving forces behind Seminole removal was the Southern desire to ensure they would not be around to harbor fugitive slaves. Numerous future Union and Confederate officers served...
  12. Stratagemo

    Florida Regiments in the West

    Hi all, I have been immensely interested in Florida's participation in the Civil War for years and I thought this was a good document to share with you all. Here is the link: https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:176255/datastream/PDF/view You might be familiar with the book "By...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    The Navy’s Great Salt Raids (including map showing US Navy shore raids)

    “Salt works are as plentiful in Florida as blackbirds in a rice field.” –New York Herald January 5, 1864 Salt no longer has the importance today as it had until the advent of refrigeration. For centuries it was crucial for the preservation of meat and fish...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    Say hello to Major Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs QB and Civil War pen pal

    Major Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers quarterback, prolific writer of letters to "Dearest Liza." [Photo from @MajorRyanFitz on Twitter] You’ve probably heard about the #FitzMagic phenomenon by now, but are you following Major Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dispatches from the front lines of the NFL circa...
  15. Belle Montgomery

    Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith

    For a guy who’s been dead 125 years, Edmund Kirby Smith has sure stirred up a lot of trouble in Lake County, a place he never stepped foot in but where his likeness might stand in perpetuity. Over vehement objections, the curator for the Lake County Historical Museum is forging ahead with plans...
  16. sailorruss

    Confederate Family Cemetery

    I have a friend, Gah must have known him since I was six or seven, the lives down the road from me. Central Florida isn’t glossed over as ‘nothing doing’ in the war. Close though. You gotta dig for it. In this case no pun intended. My friend doesn’t drive so I was dropping him off at his place...
  17. Joshism

    The Free State Of Suwannee?

    "This Suwannee country has always borne a hard name. . . . During the [Civil] war it was a favorite retreat for Confederate deserters. Its inhabitants defied the conscription. They virtually seceded from the Confederacy, and ravaged adjacent territory with impunity. They had repeated raids into...
  18. Joshism

    Florida Land Fraud

    More from Amos Cummings aka Ziska about Reconstruction Florida. Dateline April 1, 1873. Originally published in the New York Sun on May 28 and New York Weekly on Sun May 30. Reprinted in Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and other Oddities edited by Jerald Milanich (UF Press 2005), pages 116-124...
  19. Joshism

    The Lake City Outrage of 1873

    I'm reading the colorfully titled Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and other Oddities: A New York City Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Florida by Jerald T. Milanich & Amos J. Cummings (University Press of Florida, 2005). Cummings was a New York City journalist, Democrat, and Civil War veteran...
  20. Joshism

    Colored Citizen of Florida Praises Election of E. A. Perry

    I came across the accompanying article in January 29, 1885 issue of the Florida Star, a newspaper published in Titusville on the Florida East Coast. The letter purports to me from T. L. McCoy of Keuka, Putnam County, Florida (central Florida, between Palatka and Gainesville), described as "one...
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