NOVEMBER 1, 1861 - Brigadier General J. H. Trapier assumed
command of Confederate forces in Florida. General Trapier informed
Governor Milton that he anticipated a force of 7,000 men would be
needed to defend Florida.
NOVEMBER 1, 1862 -
Eighteen Union ships took up station off the Gulf Coast of Florida
to interdict and disrupt the activities of Confederate
NOVEMBER 1, 1863 - Union Admiral Bailey, commander of
the East Gulf Blackading Squadron, reported that his naval task
force now constituted 33 ships on blockade duty.
NOVEMBER 1, 1863 - Major Pleasant W. White, Chief Confederate
Commissary Officer in Florida, appealed to the citizens of the state
to contribute “food and other supplies” to the Confederate cause.
(The Pleasant W. White Papers are housed in the Tebeau Collection of
the Library of Florida History in Cocoa.)
NOVEMBER 1, 1863 - The beginning of November 1863 saw the
following Florida units on duty with the Confederate Army of
Tennessee that was engaged in siege operations around Chattanooga:
Florida Marion Artillery, Florida 1st Cavalry Regiment ,
Florida 1st (Reorganized) Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 4th Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 6th Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 7th Infantry regiment
NOVEMBER 2, 1861 - Captain G. W. Parkhill, an ardent
opponent of secession, accepted an appointment today in the Army of
NOVEMBER 3, 1862 - Floridians were appalled by the news that
a Federal regiment of Negro troops had landed in Fernandina to
replace white troops stationed on Amelia Island.
NOVEMBER 3, 1863 - The U.S.S. Tioga was ordered to
duty as part of the Union blockading squadron in the Gulf of Mexico.
NOVEMBER 4, 1862 - Captain Alfred T. Snell and the crew of
the U.S.S. Hale today captured the pilot boat
Wave and an unnamed schooner in Nassau Sound, Fl.
NOVEMBER 5, 1863 - The U.S.S. Beauregard today seized
the British schooner Volante off Cape Canaveral. The
Volante was carrying a cargo of salt and dry goods.
NOVEMBER 6, 1861 - Colonel Richard F. Floyd, commander of
Florida troops at Aplachicola, was ordered by Governor John Milton
to remove all guns, troops, supplies, munitions and other war
materiel from St. Vincent’s Island to the mainland.
NOVEMBER 6, 1862 - The Confederate schooner, Elia
Reed, carrying a cargo of cotton, turpentine, and resin,
was captured today off the coast of Florida by the U.S.S.
NOVEMBER 6, 1864 - Boats from the U.S.S. Adela
today captured the Confederate schooner, Badger, as it
attempted to run the Union blockade of St. George’s Sound.
NOVEMBER 7, 1861 - Governor and Mrs. John Milton announced
the birth of a son today. In keeping with the Milton’s commitment to
Southern independence, the boy was named “Jefferson Davis Milton.”
NOVEMBER 7, 1863 - The U.S.S. Annie today captured the
British schooner, Paul, today near Bayport. The
Paul was carrying an assorted cargo.
NOVEMBER 7, 1864 - The U.S.S. Ottawa, on duty in the
St. John’s River, was ordered to assist Union troops evacuating
NOVEMBER 8, 1862 - Union General Nathaniel P. Banks
was appointed to command the Federal Department of the Gulf, which
includes West Florida.
NOVEMBER 10, 1862 - The Union bark, Gemsbok,
arrived today at Turtle Bay with orders to “protect the coast
schooners.” The Federal schooner, Jos. M.
Houston, was at anchor in Turtle Harbor with a cargo of
300 tons of coal.
NOVEMBER 10, 1863 - A
public meeting was held today in Tallahassee for the purpose of
securing food and other supplies for the families of Confederate
NOVEMBER 11, 1861 - Thomas E. Will, the pioneer developer of
the Everglades and South Florida, was born today in Illinois.
NOVEMBER 11, 1861 - It
was reported that the Union navy now had nine ships blockading the
Gulf Coast off the mouth of the Apalachicola River.
NOVEMBER 11, 1862 - The U.S.S. Kensington has
captured the Confederate schooner, Course, off the
coast of Florida today.
NOVEMBER 12, 1862 - The British blockade runner, Maria,
was seized today by the U.S.S. Kensington off the coast of
NOVEMBER 12, 1864 - A Union raiding party, composed of
sailors form the U.S.S. Hendrick Hudson and the U.S.S. Nita,
attempted to destroy salt works near Tampa Bay today, but
were driven off by Confederate cavalry. Union losses were one
wounded and five deserted.
NOVEMBER 13, 1862 - Negro troops of the Union army stationed
at Fernandina were reported to be cruising along the east coast of
Florida looking for and destroying salt works.
NOVEMBER 14, 1861 - Governor John Milton sent an urgent
request to the Confederate War Department seeking the transfer of
military supplies brought into Savannah by the blockade runner,
NOVEMBER 14, 1862 - A Federal expedition from Pensacola,
which included five boats, a special work gang, and sixty U.S.
marines, was headed along the coast to St. Andrews Bay with orders
to destroy all salt works located between the two ports.
NOVEMBER 14, 1863 - It was reported today that Confederate
ships had captured two Union coal schooners near Perdido Bay today.
One was destroyed by fire.
NOVEMBER 16, 1862 - The U.S.S. Tioga, on duty
with the Gulf Blockading Squadron, was enroute to Key West for
supplies and repairs.
NOVEMBER 16, 1863 - Colonel J. J. Finley was promoted to
brigadier general today and assigned the command of the 6th Florida
Infantry Regiment, which was attached to the Confederate Army of
NOVEMBER 16, 1863 - The Rachel Seaman was assigned to
duty with the Union East Gulf Blockading Squadron.
NOVEMBER 16, 1864 - An expedition of the Union army left Fort
Barrancas (Pensacola) today for an incursion to Pine Barren Ridge,
NOVEMBER 17, 1862 - The Florida Legislature convened in
Tallahassee today. Observers reported that the new Legislature was
more “moderate” than the one that preceded it.
NOVEMBER 18, 1862 - The Union gunboat Tioga arrived in
Key West today, refueled and resupplied and put back to sea for
blockade duty--all within 12 hours!
NOVEMBER 18, 1863 - The Florida Legislature today elected
Benjamin J. Allen to serve as the state’s Secretary of State. It
also elected James M. Baker as the Confederate Senator from Florida.
NOVEMBER 19, 1861 - Governor John Milton requested 1,000
Enfield rifles and two rifled cannon for the defense of St. Marks
and Apalachicola. In addition, the governor requested 1,000 sabers,
1,000 cavalry pistols and “a few hundred bags of buckshot.”
NOVEMBER 20, 1861 - Floridians learned that 27 members of the
crew of the Confederate schooner, Beauregard, were
lodged in the Monroe County jail in Key West following the capture
on their vessel by the Unions ship, William G. Anderson,
on November 12.
NOVEMBER 20, 1862 - The U.S.S. Montgomery captured the
Confederate sloop William E. Chester near Pensacola Bay
NOVEMBER 21, 1863 - Confederate forces readied themselves for
an attack on the Union forces at Pensacola, which were under the
command of General Alexander Asboth.
NOVEMBER 21, 1864 - The Florida Legislature, in a joint
resolution, commended the action of Captain J. J. Dickison, and
recommended him for promotion.
NOVEMBER 21, 1864 - The Florida Legislature began its 13th
session in Tallahassee today. The State Treasurer reported that
there was $1,106,622.07 treasury notes in circulation and that the
State had an outstanding bond debt of $370,617.
NOVEMBER 22, 1861 - Federal batteries at Fort Pickens opened
a barrage against two Confederate ships at anchor near the Navy
wharf in Pensacola. Confederate batteries returned the fire. Two
Federal ships, the Richmond and the Niagara,
joined in. The Confederate Fort McRee sustained heavy damage in the
eight-hour artillery duel.
NOVEMBER 23, 1863 - The Battle of Chattanooga started today
and continued through the 25th. Florida units, attached to the Army
of Tennessee commanded by General Braxton E. Bragg, were the:
Florida Marion Artillery,
Florida First Cavalry Regiment ,
Florida 1st (Reorganized) Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 3rd Infantry regiment ,
Florida 4th Infantry Regiment,
Florida 6th Infantry Regiment ,
Florida 7th Infantry Regiment
The 1st, 3rd and 6th Regiments were in the main Confederate force of
Missionary Ridge, while the 4th and 7th Infantry Regiments and the
1st Florida Cavalry were on picket duty in the Chattanooga Valley.
NOVEMBER 23, 1863 - The Confederate War Department reported
that of the 18,843 certificates of exemption from military service
issued throughout the Confederacy, Governor John Milton had granted
NOVEMBER 25, 1862 - Floridians had a real inkling of the
effect the war would have on the home scene. The Tallahassee
Sentinel newspaper reported that a Mr. George H. McGinniss had
three large heavy kettles that he was willing to sell at “war
NOVEMBER 25, 1863 - Florida units took heavy casualties in
the Battle of Chattanooga. The 4th Florida Infantry, which
entered the battle with 172 men, reportedly lost 154 killed, wounded
or missing. The Florida 1st Cavalry (Dismounted) had 200 men listed
ready for duty when the battle started and preliminary reported
indicated that 167 men were killed wounded or missing. Florida’s
other units, notably the 1st, 3rd and 6th Infantry regiment
were among the last to vacate the Confederate battle lines and fall
back to the Army of Tennessee winter quarters at Dalton, Georgia.
NOVEMBER 26, 1862 - The Federal ship, U.S.S. National
Guard, was ordered to sail to Turtle Harbor, Florida, with a
cargo of coal to replenish the supplies of the West Indies
NOVEMBER 26, 1864 - The Florida Legislature approved a
special election for sheriff in Duval County. The need for this
election was because the previous sheriff, elected in 1863, was
captured and imprisoned by Federal troops.
NOVEMBER 27, 1861 - Confederate ordinance inspectors visited
the fortifications at Amelia Island and reported that the island had
sufficient armaments to repel any Union invasion.
NOVEMBER 27, 1863 - The Union vessel, U.S.S. Two Sisters,
captured the British blockade runner, Maria Alberta, as she
attempted to run the blockade at Bayport.
NOVEMBER 27, 1864 - Union blockade ships were busy today. The
U.S.S. Princess Royal reported that it had captured the
British schooner Flash with a cargo of cotton in the
Gulf of Mexico. The U.S.S. Princess Royal also reported the
capture of the schooner Neptune, whose cargo of salt
had, according to the ship’s captain, “simply dissolved.”
NOVEMBER 28, 1863 - The Tallahassee Floridian and Journal
reported a shortage of more than $11,000 in the state
paymaster’s account. R. C. Williams could not account for the money
that was lost during his tenure of office.
NOVEMBER 29, 1861 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis
assured Governor John Milton that Florida and its defense against a
Union invasion was a prime consideration of the Confederate national
NOVEMBER 29, 1863 - Union general Alexander Asboth was
authorized to raise a regiment of cavalry in West Florida, if he
NOVEMBER 30, 1862 - Confederate General Joseph J. Finegan
reported that the districts of East and Middle Florida had 2,160 men
under his command to provide for the defense of the state.
NOVEMBER 30, 1863 - The Florida Legislature today designated
December 24 as a day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer.”