Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I will be speaking on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. central) to the West Gadsden Historical Society. The topic will be the Native American history of the Gadsden County and the Apalachicola River Valley.
Due to illness, I severely limit my public appearances these days, but I am doing this one because I wanted to show my support for this outstanding organization and its wonderful members. They have an active, vibrant organization developing at a time when so many historical societies have all but faded away.
I am donating my time for the presentation, so all proceeds will go directly to the society. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for current WGHS members. Lifetime members of the society and children under 12 will be admitted for free.
The presentation will take place at Old Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on U.S. 90, five miles east of Chattahoochee. The time will be 3 p.m. (2 p.m. central) and there will be a question and answer time after the presentation.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Just a quick reminder that if you would like copies of any of my 2007 books, now is a great time to purchase them at special prices, but time is running out!
To celebrate the upcoming release of my new The History of Jackson County, Florida: Volume One, my publisher is having a special online sale on the three books published last year.
The sale includes Two Egg, Florida, The Battle of Marianna, Florida and The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida and all are available at the lowest prices you will find this year.
The special offer ends ends this coming week, so if you would like to take advantage of it, please do before April 30th. Normal prices remain in effect in bookstores and other online sellers.
For more information and to order, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/booksale.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The Maple Leaf was steaming down the St. Johns River in April of 1864 when she came into contact with a Confederate "torpedo" or mine. The torpedo went off, killing four men and sinking the steamer instantly. Everyone else was able to get off safely.
Archaeologists have recovered more than 3,000 artifacts from the Maple Leaf and many of them, along with other information on the incident, can be seen now in both a traveling exhibit and at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville.
If you aren't familiar with the Maple Leaf shipwreck and the archaeological project there, it really is fascinating. They have a great website at www.mapleleafshipwreck.com and I encourage you to give them a visit. You can also learn more about the Museum of Science and History, where the permanent exhibition is housed, by visiting: www.themosh.org.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
- The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida (Cox)
- The Battle of Marianna, Florida (Cox)
- Florida's Lighthouses in the Civil War (Hurley)
- Confederate Florida: The Road to Olustee (Nulty)
- The Civil War on Pensacola Bay, 1861-1862 (Driscoll)
- Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and United States Senator (Underwood)
- Discovering the Civil War in Florida: A Reader and Guide (Taylor)
- Florida in the Civil War (Wynne & Taylor)
- America's Fortress: A History of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida (Reid & Arsenault)
- Yankee in a Confederate Town (Clancy & Clancy)
All of these books are available through www.barnesandnoble.com and most other online bookstores.
The Battle of Marianna, Florida and The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida are also included in a special sale that will continue until April 30th. Please click here for more information.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Like many businessmen in the city, he became involved in the practice of acquiring property from Creek Indians who had agreed to leave neighboring Alabama and relocate to what is now Oklahoma under the terms of recent treaty. Many of these deals were outright frauds that resulted in the claiming of property belonging to Native Americans who had no desire to sell. Milton, unwittingly it seems, became involved in such a fraud that wound up being decided by a Federal Judge in Florida.
At issue were a number of African Americans who lived in the town of Econchattico, a Lower Creek chief who lived on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County, Florida. The chief was not a party to the treaty and had no intention of selling any of his property, especially any African Americans living among his people. The whites considered these individuals slaves, but their status in Econchattimico's eyes was much different. He considered them as members of his band who lived under his protection.
The issue came to a head when John Milton purchased a bill of sale that supposedly conveyed to him legal rights to the blacks living with Econchattimico. The old chief defied the whites who came to demand possession of the individuals in question and the confrontation resulted in one of the most remarkable court cases in American history.
If you would like to read the entire story, please visit http://twoegg.blogspot.com/.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
- The Battle of Marianna, Florida - Regularly $19.95; on sale for $15.00
- The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida: The Confederate Defense of Tallahassee - Regularly $19.95; on sale for $15.00
- Two Egg, Florida: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Legends and Unusual Facts - Regularly $16.95; on sale for $12.00
For the first time, a package deal on all three is also available for $40.
This sale is for a limited time only and will end with the release of the new book on April 30th. It is available only through www.exploresouthernhistory.com/booksale. Prices through stores and other outlets remain as normal.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
This building was one of the original external magazines of the arsenal and was located outside the main complex (for safety reasons). It is now on the grounds of the Florida State Hospital.
The appearance of the magazine has been altered significantly since the Civil War. The flat part of the roof is not original and covers what was open space at the time of the war. The outside wall was then not part of the original building, but surrounded the actual magazine for security purposes. The intervening space between the wall and the magazine has since been roofed over, forming one large building instead of a smaller building surrounded by a defensive wall.
This was one of the structures seized by the Quincy Guards in January of 1861, even before Florida withdrew from the Union. To see some of the other surviving arsenal buildings, just look back through the archives here and you will find an earlier series I posted about it.