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October 21, 1864: Wilbur Wightman Gramling Diary

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today’s entry takes us back to the chilly confines of the Union prisoner of war camp at Elmira, New York. Wilbur Wightman Gramling of Leon County, Florida  had only a short entry in his diary this day, but he brings up a critical political aspect of the Civil War that bears mentioning. 

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/21/october-21-1864-wilbur-wightman-gramling-diary

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October 17, 1864: Governor Milton to Gen. D.H. Maury

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today’s Civil War Voices post takes us back to Tallahassee, where Governor John Milton was busy juggling being both a civilian governor and a military leader. In this letter to Brigadier General Dabney H. Maury, who commanded the Confederate military’s Department of the Gulf, Milton asks for help securing an exchange of prisoners of war.

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/17/october-14-1864-governor-milton-to-gen-d-h-maury

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Chautauqua in Florida

What do you do if it’s 1902 and you’re dying to know something about this Panama Canal everyone keeps talking about? Or maybe you want to hear some good music, something better than that small-town band you’ve heard a hundred times this year already. Maybe you’ve been wondering what it’s like on the other side of the Earth, or how electricity works, or the latest theories about those atom thingies.

Read the full blog here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/15/chautauqua-in-florida

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October 14, 1864: Governor Milton to Gen. D.H. Maury

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today’s Civil War Voices post takes us back to Tallahassee, where Governor John Milton was busy juggling being both a civilian governor and a military leader. In this letter to Brigadier General Dabney H. Maury, who commanded the Confederate military’s Department of the Gulf, Milton asks for help securing an exchange of prisoners of war.

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/14/october-14-1864-governor-milton-to-gen-d-h-maury

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October 12, 1864: Albert Chalker to his Sweetheart Martha

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

So far, most of our Civil War Voices posts have come from Floridian soldiers fighting or living as prisoners of war far outside the state. Today’s post brings us back to Florida itself to hear from a young private writing to his sweetheart back home.

 Read the full diary entry: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/12/october-12-1864-albert-chalker-to-his-sweetheart-martha

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October 20th, 1864: Calvin Hanna’s Furlough

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

If you missed our posts from October 18th and October 19th, they are now available online.

Today’s edition of Civil War Voices comes from Calvin Hanna, a private from Gadsden County, Florida. He and his brother Hamilton enlisted in Company B, 8th Florida Infantry on May 10, 1862 at Quincy. Hamilton died during the Battle of Second Bull Run on August 31, 1862, but his brother Calvin remained in the unit until sometime in 1864, when he was transferred to Howard’s Grove Hospital at Richmond.

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/20/october-20th-1864-calvin-hannas-furlough

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October 16, 1864: Robert Watson Diary Entry

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today we return to the Confederate ship Savannah to check in on Key Wester Robert Watson. It looks like the chill he spoke of earlier in the month has taken a turn for the worse. 

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/16/october-16-1864-robert-watson-diary-entry

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October 15, 1864: Wilbur Wightman Gramling Diary Entry

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today on Civil War Voices, we brave the cooler weather and head north to Elmira, New York to check in on Floridian prisoner of war Wilbur Wightman Gramling.

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/15/october-15-1864-wilbur-wightman-gramling-diary-entry

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October 13, 1864: Diary Entry from William Stebbins

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today’s post takes us down to the Union-occupied Dry Tortugas for a diary entry from Union soldier William Stebbins. Stebbins was a member of the 110th New York Volunteers, who had been stationed at Fort Jefferson in the Tortugas since February 1864. The diary transcript is part of a collection of research materials donated to the Archives by  Civil War historian Lewis G. Schmidt (Collection M91-10, State Archives of Florida).

Read the full diary entry: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/13/october-13-1864-diary-entry-from-william-stebbins

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October 11, 1864: William McLeod Diary Entry

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today’s Civil War Voices entry takes us back to northwestern Georgia to check up on William McLeod of Manatee County. On October 8th, we learned that McLeod had been camping with his regiment near Cedar Town, GA en route to join Confederate General John Bell Hood’s army. Today he reports a little resistance from Union opponents in the area.

Read the full diary entry here: floridamemory.com/blog/2014/10/11/october-11-1864-william-mcleod-diary-entry

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