Category Archives: Florida

April 5, 1864: Glee over the death of black soldiers

Sometimes the Richmond Daily Dispatch is hard to believe, even allowing for the different attitudes of the time. The negroes at the Olustee battle –A correspondent of the Savannah New, who was at the battle of Olustee, Florida, says of … Continue reading

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April 5, 1863: Occupation of Jacksonville

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an outraged letter from a citizen of Jacksonville, FL. The city was occupied by black Union troops. He heard that they whipped an old lady, but the worst of it was that “negroes” ordered him … Continue reading

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October 19, 1862: Give freedmen land in Florida

A slaveholding Floridian wrote to the New York Times to denounce the secessionists, and to advocate for freed slaves to colonize Florida. The Colonization of Florida Views of a Slaveholder. To the Editor of the New-York Times: I noticed in … Continue reading

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September 26, 1862: The Yankee war on salt

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a Union attack destroyed a Florida salt works. Necessary for preserving meats, salt was one of many crucial items denied the South by the blockade. Destruction of Salt Works. –The Yankees have broken up the … Continue reading

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September 21, 1861: Yom Kippur

Many Jewish southerners fought for the Confederacy. By September, 1861, Judah Benjamin had become the Secretary of War of the Confederacy — a Louisianan, he had been the first Jewish U.S. Senator before. Jewish soldiers in the ranks observed Yom … Continue reading

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April 26, 1861: Strong in life, and in death still stronger — Bad Beef in Pensacola

General Bragg’s camp seen from Ft. Pickens (Harper’s Weekly, June 15, 1861) The Union garrison holding Fort Pickens was receiving supplies from ships in the port of Pensacola. Apparently the Confederate troops besieging the fort weren’t doing so well. MEMPHIS … Continue reading

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April 7, 1861: Lincoln’s policy on Sumter

Governor Houston asks the Federal Government to maintain its troops in Texas. Meanwhile, troops are being sent to Fort Pickens in Pensacola, and there’s more speculation about Lincoln’s intentions for Fort Sumter. This report gets Lincoln’s policy about right — … Continue reading

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March 28, 1861: Mississippi Troops leave for Pensacola

The Hugh Craft House in Holly Springs (Troops could have passed by here.) From the Memphis Daily Appeal: The Mississippi Troops at Holly Springs. Editors Appeal: After witnessing the glorious reception of the Mississippi troops in Memphis yesterday afternoon, I … Continue reading

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February 13, 1861: “The South is now in the formation of a Slave Republic”.

From a letter by Leonidas W. Spratt, former editor of the Charleston Standard and commissioner from South Carolina to the Florida Secession Convention. This letter was sent to a Louisiana legislator, urging that the slave trade be reopened; he used … Continue reading

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January 15, 1861: Chase to Slemmer: “Surrender the fort.”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:11 AM On the 15th Colonel Chase, commanding the forces of Florida, accompanied by Commander Farrand, late of the U. S. Navy, asked for a consultation, at which Colonel Chase read me the following letter: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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