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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]

State Senator Johnnie Wright

From “Today in Florida History” on Jacksonville.com, a blog of The Florida Times-Union:

Nov. 2nd, 1948

Johnnie Wright of DeFuniak Springs was elected to the Florida State Sentate on this date. Wright, age 23 years and 7 months, was one of two members of the Senate at this young age. The other state senator, D. J. O’Grady of Inverness, was 23 years and 3 months old when he was elected in 1967.

The youngest State Senator ever elected anywhere, as far as we could find, was John A. Hastings of Ohio. He was 22.