Archive for Civil War

Florida’s First Confederate Monument

Undated photograph of the monument on the grounds of the Walton County Courthouse.

The urn and hand at the top have been missing for years. The Walton County Heritage Association is raising funds to have the top of the monument restored. We currently need to raise $3,500. If you would like to help, please contact us.

[Photograph contributed by Bruce Cosson]

From Andersonville to Freedom

Charles M. Smith, who served with the First Massachusetts Cavalry, presented a paper to the Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society, which was published in 1894 as part of the Society’s series, Personal Narratives of Events in the War of the Rebellion. Smith’s paper, From Andersonville to Freedom, tells of his capture, his confinement at Andersonville Prison, his escape, and his journey, mostly by water, to reconnect with Federal troops in Pensacola. Walton County plays an important role in the narrative. LaGrange is mentioned (page 59), and letters written by Eli Wright of Euchee Anna and George Reddick of Freeport are quoted (pages 70-71).

[Contributed by Wayne Sconiers]

Confederate Reunion

The following item appeared in The Chipley Banner on March 11, 1899:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Daughters and Veterans at DeFuniak

The following item appeared in The Pensacola Journal on March 27, 1908:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]