Daughters of the Confederacy has new Milton Chapter

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Florida Division is proud to have a new Milton chapter. The Simpson Mounted Rangers Chapter 2685 had its chapter charter presentation and installation of officers Aug. 14 at the Red Barn BBQ in Milton. Newly installed President Wilene Thompson of Milton was the driving force behind getting the new [...]


Key West’s largest ferry providing daily transportation to the Dry Tortugas National Park will be dry docked for maintenance starting September 7th. The anticipated return to service is October 3rd. This removes 100 passenger-seats from the daily tour capacity.
The smaller Dry Tortugas ferry boat with 95 seats will remain in daily service. The fastest way [...]

At ease, soldier, your war is over

George Berninger’s job at Fort Clinch has been to live in the year 1864 for the last 35 years. He likes living in the era so much that he’ll be returning as a part-time volunteer after he retires later this month.
As a park ranger/interpreter at Fort Clinch since 1975, Berninger’s job has been to show [...]

Fort Morgan Braces For Oil Spill Fallout

As parts of the Gulf Coast continue to be affected by the recent oil spill, many resorts along the Florida Panhandle say they’re going about business as usual while keeping a close eye on the latest developments. NY1’s Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.
The Pensacola area of northwest Florida has 52 miles of pristine shoreline [...]

Pensacola highlights its Civil War history

At first, this seems like a clever diversion from all that oil spill talk, but turns out that Pensacola does have more going for it than beaches.
A news blast from the CVB points visitors to the Panhandle’s historic role in the Civil War. Read on:

The long dead not forgotten

More than 145 years after the final shots of the Civil War, a group gathered on a beautiful spring day to remember those who wore the gray uniform of the Confederacy.
Fifteen graves at the city’s historic Shiloh Cemetery that contain the remains of Confederate veterans were marked with an iron cross and the Confederate battle [...]

Confederate flag at I-75 temporarily replaced after storm damage

The massive Confederate flag at the junction of interstates 75 and 4 has been replaced – temporarily.
The 30-by-60-foot rebel flag is being repaired after wind and rain damage from an April 25 storm, said Mike Herring, camp commander for the Gen. Jubal A. Early Camp 556 Sons of the Confederate Veterans of Tampa.

MOSH commemorates anniversary of Civil War sinking of Union steamship Saturday

The 146th anniversary of the sinking of the Union steamship Maple Leaf by a Confederate mine off Mandarin Point will be commemorated at a 10 a.m. Saturday event at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle in Jacksonville.
Keith Holland, lead excavator of the Maple Leaf wreck in the early 1990s, will discuss the [...]

An uphill battle to save Civil War site Camp Finegan

On a weedy, wooded lot west of Jacksonville, history is disappearing.
Most of Camp Finegan, one of Florida’s largest Civil War camps and the longest-occupied site in Northeast Florida, has been swallowed by time and development. All that remains, according to a regiment of steel-willed preservationists, is a small but historically significant plot in residential Marietta.
They [...]

Local group shows why black soldiers fought on both sides during Civil War

A little more than a year ago, Walter Anderson began researching the Buffalo Soldiers.
He was interested in learning more about his black heritage, and the famed first professional all-black army units established by Congress in 1866 seemed like a good place to start.
However, as Anderson surfed the Web and read through history books, he realized [...]