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FLORIDA CIVIL WAR TIMELINE
1865 February 21 - A small Confederate force attacked Union-held Fort Myers, but was repulsed. The Battle of Fort Myers was perhaps the southernmost battle of the Civil War. March 6 - Union soldiers were defeated by the Confederates at the Battle of Natural Bridge. Among the Confederate defenders were old men and cadets from the West Florida Seminary (now Florida State University). April 1 - Governor John Milton committed suicide at his home near Marianna. April 9 - General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army of Northern Virginia (including a number of Florida soldiers) to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia. April 14- John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln.
Lewis Thornton Powell, alias Payne, the Florida native who was part of Booth's conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln, Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward, carried out his portion of the plot on the evening of April 14. Posing as a delivery man, Powell entered the home of Secretary of State William Seward and attacked the bedridden official with a knife inflicting serious but not fatal wounds.
April 26- Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the last major Confederate Army near Durham Station, North Carolina. May 10 - Union General E. M. McCook accepted the formal surrender of Confederate troops at Tallahassee. During the remainder to the month smaller groups of Confederates surrendered throughout the state. 1860 | 1861 | 1862 | 1863 | 1864 | 1865 NEW AND NOTEWORTHY ON FLORIDA MEMORY Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator Photographs of Bethune, her family, and her school, along with the transcript of an interview for an unfinished biography. Images of Florida's Black History Here are just a few of the many images depicting the history of African Americans in Florida. Podcast: Vassar Clements and Friends In his early years Clements was tagged with the nickname “The Kissimmee Kid” after the town in which he was raised and first took up the fiddle at the age of seven.
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