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Soldiers are very likely the "Orleans Cadets," Company A, the first volunteer company mustered into service from Louisiana. They enlisted on April 11, 1861. This photo is one of six found in 1972 in a scrapbook of original sketches belonging to artist C.F. Allgower, illustrator for Harper's Weekly. Photographed in April, 1961.
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Destruction of a rebel salt factory, on the coast of Florida, by the crew of the United States Bark "Kingfisher". September 15, 1862.
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Used to make soldiers' shoes during Civil War. Tools belonged to John Wiley Gilbert.
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Undoubtedly the most notorious of all the Florida Civil War soldiers was Lewis Thornton Powell, the Alabama-born son of a Baptist minister. Powell enlisted at 17 in the “Hamilton blues,” Captain Henry Stewart’s company of the 2nd Florida Infantry.
Wounded and captured at Gettysburg, Powell escaped and joined John Mosby’s partisans. The Floridian appeared at Alexandria, Virginia in January 1865, and signed an oath of allegiance under the alias Lewis Payne. Powell involved himself in John Wilkes Booth’s plan to kill President Lincoln. On the evening of April 14 Booth and Powell carried out their portions of the plot. Posing as a delivery man, Powell entered the home of Secretary of State William Seward and attacked the bedridden official with a knife, inflicting serious but not fatal wounds. Powell was apprehended and eventually hanged for his part in the assassination conspiracy.
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Enlisted May 1861, 1st Florida Infantry Regiment. Transferred in 1864 to 15th Cavalry (SMR on hat stands for "Simpson Mounted Rangers" which was company E of the 15th Confederate Cavalry). Captured with brother John Franklin Rogers at Pine Barren, Florida by 1st Marine Cavalry and sent to Ship Island where he said they received kindly treatment. Died of dysentery on March 28, 1865. Buried on Ship Island, Mississippi in grave #143.
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Eighteen-year-old George L. McDonald enlisted in Company H of the 5th Florida Infantry on April 17, 1862. The regiment transferred to Virginia that summer. In the autumn Private McDonald was hospitalized at Staunton, where he died of erysipelas on December 2, 1862. His mother, Frances McDonald, filed a claim for his effects in June, 1863. He left no money, only sundries.
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Henderson moved to Tampa from Georgia in 1847 where he studied law in the office of James J. Gettis. He later moved to Tallahassee where he became one of the state's leading corporate lawyers. He married twice, first to Mary Turman of Tampa who bore him a daughter named Flora Abijah, and second to Mattie Ward of Tallahassee with whom he had two children, John W. and Jennie.
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Denham was a private in the 1st Florida Infantry. He was captured during his first skirmish, but he was released and recovered from his wounds. He later served in the 2nd Florida Cavalry and in Captain Scott's 5th Florida Battalion.
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