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August 17, 2018

I enclose with this the report of Captain Dickison of the affair at Gainesville. The more I hear of the affair the worse it appears.

August 7, 2018

The Yankees came to Baldwin, they came up in the rear; They thought they'd find Old Abner, but Old Abner was not there. So lay ten dollars down, or twenty if you choose, For I can whip the scoundrel that stole Old Abner's shoes.

July 23, 2018

Jacksonville, Florida, 1864.

June 17th, 1864

Jacksonville, Fla

Dear Mother & Sisters,

I received several letters from you lately. It seems they all come at once.

The Veterans have returned and gone to work like good fellows, and all are glad to get back. Of course they wou...

May 18, 2018

I have just started on another scout. The word came in that the enemy had just crossed the river and I was sent out with twenty five men to learn more about it.

May 3, 2018

At some time in May, Ed Roberts fell captive when out on picket duty there at Jacksonville. No one knew what had become of him. We missed Ed. Oh, golly! We hoped he would get back to us. Some time later I went on picket duty. Thunder and lightning! Rebel vedettes came...

April 26, 2018

April, 1864

The fourth April of the war and the third under arms for most of the men of the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

One year prior, the Buckeyes spent the month of April preparing to meet Lee's rebels north of Richmond. Now, camped along the banks of the St. Johns...

March 27, 2018

"Halt! Who goes there?" the familiar challenge rang out from the picket line before the works at Jacksonville early one morning, near the end of March, 1864. 

"Friends!" was the response from the distant treeline where they'd waited since twilight, observing t...

March 13, 2018

March, 1864

Like a blister, Pvt. William Southerton, Co. B, 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, showed up at the regimental camp in Jacksonville just after the hard work of constructing entrenchments around the town had been completed. Detailed to a salvage squad left behind...

February 20, 2018

Olustee Station, Florida

February 20, 1864

 The Battle of Olustee

From an 1894 lithograph by Kurz & Allison

Smoke still lingered under the pine topped canopy as the shift for blame began. Disobeying Major General Quincy Gillmore's orders to hold a position closer to Jackso...

February 9, 2018

On December 8th, 1863, with a forward eye to reconciliation and the reconstruction of loyal state governments, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation offering amnesty to the citizens of states still actively in rebellion upon the swearing of an oath of allegia...

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