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Some 15,000 Floridians served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Florida troops were organized into 12 infantry regiments, two cavalry regiments, and a number of battalions, batteries, and independent companies. Most Floridians served outside of the state during the war. The Second, Fifth, and Eighth Infantry Regiments (joined in 1864 by the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Infantry Regiments) served in General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia from 1862-1865. They were heavily engaged in major battles such as the Williamsburg, the Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg. Another Florida Brigade served in the war's Western Theater. It was comprised of the First Cavalry Regiment, and the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Regiments of Infantry. Floridians fought and died at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, the Vicksburg Campaign, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin, Nashville, and Bentonville.
The troops that remained in Florida fought at Olustee, Marianna, and Natural Bridge, and in a number of smaller skirmishes. Floridians laid down their arms in April and may 1865 at the conclusion of the war. During the course of the conflict, approximately 5,000 of the state's sons died of wounds or disease.
The volumes contain photostatic copies of muster in rolls, muster out rolls, descriptive rolls, annual, monthly, and quarterly returns, and special orders for Florida confederate soldiers from 1861 to 1865. The muster rolls may contain the following information: name and rank of soldier; when, where, and by whom they mustered or enrolled into service; last paid; and remarks. In addition, the descriptive rolls include city and county of birth, age, occupation, hair and eye color, complexion, and height.
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National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865 United States History Civil War, 1861-1865