Sam Jones: Call out the militia “against deserters, and to retain and maintain proper subordination among the slaves”

On April 20, 1865, Major-General Samuel Jones, commanding the Confederate District of Florida, responded to a request from the Governor of Florida, A. K. Allison, for more troops to defend homes and property of the citizens of Florida: Governor: I was absent when your letter of the 7th instant was received at my headquarters here,Continue reading “Sam Jones: Call out the militia “against deserters, and to retain and maintain proper subordination among the slaves””

“When you put your thumb on me and then raise it up I will be gone”: W.W. Strickland a deserter and “Florida Royal”

On this day (March 27) in 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry D. Capers, commanding a Confederate detachment in Florida, filed his report on operations in Taylor and Lafayette Counties.  His report, in part, read: I have the honor to report that in obedience to Special Orders, No. 7 (extract), paragraphs I and II, I assumed command ofContinue reading ““When you put your thumb on me and then raise it up I will be gone”: W.W. Strickland a deserter and “Florida Royal””