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Lang, a native of Camden County, Georgia, was born on May 9, 1838. He attended the Georgia Military Academy in Marietta, where he graduated in 1857. Lang then moved to Florida with his family, where he worked as a surveyor in Suwannee County. Lang served in the First Florida Infantry Regiment, organized and was elected captain of a new company which became Company C of the Eighth Florida Infantry Regiment and temporarily commanded the entire Florida Brigade, surrendering at Appomatox in April 1865.
After the war Lang married Mary Quarles Campbell with whom he had four children. He worked as a civil engineer before being appointed Adjutant General of the State Militia (1885-1894). Lang also served on the State Board of Pensions, was private secretary for Governors Mitchell (1893-1897) and Bloxham (1897-1901), and cashier of the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee from 1901 until his death in 1917.
The David Lang collection consists of two letterbooks: Volume I, July 15, 1886 - January 6, 1889; Volume II, February 22, 1893 - 1909, and also includes some loose correspondence from October 19, 1906 - February 14, 1909. The correspondence reflects Lang's personal, business, and public life, and includes letters to his family, business partners, and prominent Floridians, Confederate veterans, and politicians of this period. The correspondence reflects Lang's active involvement in post-Civil War veteran's organizations and historical groups. This includes the United Confederate Veterans, the Confederate Veterans of the First Florida Brigade, the Fredericksburg National Battlefield Commission, and the Gettysburg Battlefield Commission.
Name indexes available in the volumes.
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Mr. David Lang, Jr. is the great-grandson of the author of these letters.
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United Confederate Veterans. Fredericksburg National Battlefield Commission. Gettysburg Battlefield Commission.
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