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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Joshism

    Deserters' Hill

    While visiting Tarpon Springs, Florida today I noticed a large hill near the Gulf on the south bank of the Anclote River. Inquiring of the charter boat captain, he said the hill is called Deserters Hill (alternately spelled Deserters' or Deserters's). The name supposedly stems from the Civil...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    St. Augustine's Lighthouse, A Southern Widow And A Shovel

    Etching entitled " Lighthouse At Caldwell's Landing ", from NYPL depicts a roiling sea, various craft and human subjects- all dependent on the little, awkward, life-saving house perched above the scene. In all the coverage shot by soggy news crews over the weekend, no one thought to anchor...
  15. ForeverFree

    Tallahassee, FL Commemorates Civil War Emancipation

    Students from Bethel Christian Academy place carnations in front of the graves of US Colored Troops soldiers who died during the Civil War. This was part of Tallahassee’s Florida Emancipation Day Celebration in May 2017. Source: Tallahassee Democrat, photo by Ashley White May 20, 2017, marked...
  16. FloridaCSA

    2nd Florida Infantry

    I will continue to add to this post as time permits me to. I've studied the 2nd Florida and the Florida brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia a lot. My reenactment unit is company E of the 2nd Florida. Feel free to share any stories or info you might have. Here goes. The 2nd Florida was...
  17. Joshism

    Confederate Enlistment Bounty Jumpers

    Researching some Florida soldiers who enlisted after April 1862 i.e. after Confederate conscription began. They deserted later that same year. I had thought they were conscripted against their will. With Fold3 having free Civil War record access right now I was able to check their CSRs and was...
  18. chubachus

    "Cooks, chambermaids, nurses and one hostler, of General George Washington" c. 1860's/1870's

    "Cooks, chambermaids, nurses and one hostler of Gen. Geo. Washington, found in and around St. Augustine, Florida." Source. Is this some type of invented tourist attraction in St. Augustine? I cannot find any mention of Washington's former slaves moving to Florida.
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