Monday, April 11, 2022

Florida in the Civil War

The anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, has passed. Grant made a name for himself on April 7, 1862.

Meanwhile, at the time, Robert E. Lee had no field command. Starting in March 1862, Lee was advisor to President Davis.

Prior to the advisor position, on November 5, 1861, the "coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida" were "constituted a military department." Lee was assigned to this new and undermanned command, Lee's headquarters were at Coosawatchie, SC.

In January 1862, Lee went as far as Fernandina, FL.

Another Florida connection is Lincoln conspirator Lewis Payne/Powell. He fought in a Florida infantry regiment at Gettysburg. He was captured, hospitalized, but managned to escape. His skull is buried in Lake Geneva, FL.


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