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26 March 1862: “Florida is hard pressed by the enemy both Fernandina and Jacksonville have been taken by the Lincolnites.”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard discusses his son’s, Jesse Bernard, raising of volunteer troops in Florida. He sheds light on political maneuvering involved in securing military ranks.  Bernard’s entry also illuminates the impact of the war on Florida cities. Image:    Item Citation: From … Continue reading

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6 August 1861: “yesterday our town was in a very great state of excitement, early in the morning a few of us went to the top of Dr. Clay’s house to take a look at the blockading vessels which are seen almost every day…”

Item description: Photostat of a letter, dated 6 August 1861, from Norman Brownson, Fernandina, Fla., to Henry Summer, Newberry, S.C., giving news from Fernandina and describing military bustle and blockade running in Florida. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: … Continue reading

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