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Report on the Dismantling of Florida Lighthouses Upon the Outbreak of the Civil War, 1861

From: Florida Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888, Series S 577

Report on the Dismantling of Florida Lighthouses Upon the Outbreak of the Civil War, 1861

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The Keeper at Jupiter Light although professing to be with the South, yet by his acts he falcified his profession's-- he was repreatedly urged by his Assistant Mr Lang to put out the Light, but refused to do so, and was quite satisfied to receive pay and provisions from the U.S. Government--

We thought that he was not the proper person to be in such a responsible position, and consequently turned him away-- We brought away from the Cape a Sail Boat, two muskets complete two Colts Revolvers, and three Lamps and burners belonging to the Light, all of which is at Jupiter waiting your decision-- the arms captured will be much needed at Jupiter in case of an attack--

Mr A. Oswald Lang the Asst, Keeper resigned his possition when he found the Keeper Mr Papy was intent on keeping the Light burning, and is now in charge of the light and property, and will be glad to receive instructions from your Excellency in relation to his duty in this matter-- As it is most likely that the enemy will undertake to retalliate, by destroying the Light and property-- we would suggest that a Guard be Sent to protect it, or if not, instruct us to have the property removed to some safe place--

We have addressed this report to your Excellency, thinking you the proper person to give the information, and hoping our action will be (over)