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Florida button, state seal "Cherokee rose", officer staff, E Halfmann, (22.3mm)

Florida button, state seal "Cherokee rose", officer staff, E Halfmann, (22.3mm)

1861 pattern Florida state flag  Early in 1861, the Florida legislature passed an act directing Governor Madison S. Perry to adopt "an appropriate device for a State flag which shall be distinctive in character." On September 13, 1861, the governor reported that the new state flag had been deposited in his office, and the secretary of state recorded a description of Florida's first official state flag. Whether the flag was ever raised over the capitol or on the battlefield is unknown.

1861 pattern Florida state flag Early in 1861, the Florida legislature passed an act directing Governor Madison S. Perry to adopt "an appropriate device for a State flag which shall be distinctive in character." On September 13, 1861, the governor reported that the new state flag had been deposited in his office, and the secretary of state recorded a description of Florida's first official state flag. Whether the flag was ever raised over the capitol or on the battlefield is unknown.

Private Lewis F. Gay Born in Jefferson County, Georgia, came to Providence, FL in 1858. He enlisted in the 4th Florida Infantry, Co F on May 23, 1861, at Lake Butler. He was captured at Cedar Key in Jan 1862 and sent to the Union prison at Fort Delaware until his exchange in Aug 1862. He underwent treatment for typhoid fever at Richmond, VA and Chattanooga, TN. He later fought at the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville, TN and Bentonville…

Private Lewis F. Gay Born in Jefferson County, Georgia, came to Providence, FL in 1858. He enlisted in the 4th Florida Infantry, Co F on May 23, 1861, at Lake Butler. He was captured at Cedar Key in Jan 1862 and sent to the Union prison at Fort Delaware until his exchange in Aug 1862. He underwent treatment for typhoid fever at Richmond, VA and Chattanooga, TN. He later fought at the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville, TN and Bentonville…

BLOG: The Battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863) was the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. It was also one of the bloodiest. | Florida Memory

BLOG: The Battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863) was the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. It was also one of the bloodiest. | Florida Memory

John A. Henderson [B Company, 7th Florida, Trigg's Brigade, Preston's Division, Buckner's Corps]. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

John A. Henderson [B Company, 7th Florida, Trigg's Brigade, Preston's Division, Buckner's Corps]. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Ninth Plate Ambrotype of a young Confederate soldier with Florida origins.  He wears a nine-button tight fitting uniform coat with the collar and epaulettes trimmed in a lighter colored tape.

Ninth Plate Ambrotype of a young Confederate soldier with Florida origins. He wears a nine-button tight fitting uniform coat with the collar and epaulettes trimmed in a lighter colored tape.

[Private Thomas Bobo of H Company, 5th South Carolina Infantry Regiment; H Company, 9th South Carolina Infantry Regiment;  K Company,1st South Carolina Light Artillery Regiment in uniform and hat decorated with flowers] (LOC) by The Library of Congress, via Flickr

[Private Thomas Bobo of H Company, 5th South Carolina Infantry Regiment; H Company, 9th South Carolina Infantry Regiment; K Company,1st South Carolina Light Artillery Regiment in uniform and hat decorated with flowers] (LOC) by The Library of Congress, via Flickr

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Six men and a horse in this St. Augustine, Florida, street view from around 1865.

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Six men and a horse in this St. Augustine, Florida, street view from around 1865.

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