War Time Notes of Interest

Captain McGehee’s Company B, Home Guards from Madison County received and guarded a boat load of lead that was landed at the Jug Island - Blue Creek area in Taylor County, by a boat that ran the blockade. Eventually the Federals captured and burned the boat.  This same Company helped capture William Strickland and the others that tried to burn the railroad bridge over the Aucilla River.


U.S.S Fort Henry

Cedar Keys, Fla. June 30, 1863

 On June 28th the U.S.S Fort Henry’s armed boats 7 miles up the Steinhatchee River, captured the schooner “Anna Marie” loaded with about 25 bales of cotton. The Rebel flag was found on board, which I forward with the prize to Key West. No papers found. Her crew deserted her on the approach of our boats.

Very respectfully, your most obedient servant

 E.W. McCauley Lt. Commander,

 U. S. Navy, Comdg., Fort Henry.


In May of 1864 a blockade runner evaded the Union ships and brought military supplies up the Steinhatchee River, the supplies were intended for state troops. The supplies were captured by a deserter group.  Ten Thousand blankets and Six thousand pairs of shoes were lost to the deserter group.


The Blockade Runner “Florida" operated out of the Steinhatchee River in the latter part of 1864 – early 1865.



Corn for Soldiers Families

  It will be seen from the communication published below that an arrangement has been made by which a portion of the tithe corn can be obtained for the support of soldier’s families. This is an excellent arrangement, beneficial to the Government and the people. We would urge upon all county officers entrusted with the execution of the law for support of soldier’s families’ to exercise the utmost diligence and care in furnishing that relief to families, that the necessities of the time require.  We have been informed that in some portions of certain counties some neglect of this duty has arisen through carelessness or inefficiency of certain officials. The Justices Of The Peace have something to do with the execution of the law, and are advised that it is the intention of the Governor to turn over to conscription any officer whom he shall ascertain to have neglected his duty in this important matter.

 Office of Controlling Q. M.

Tallahassee, Fla. March 30, 1864

  An arrangement having been made to secure for the support of the indigent families of soldiers a part of the corn received and due as tithes, the attention of the Judges of Probate and Commissioners of the respective counties where corn is needed is directed to the above letter from Major C. C. Yonge. The county authorities should exert themselves to their utmost ability to relieve the necessities and to prevent any suffering for bread on the part of the families of the noble men, who as patriotic and gallant soldiers are battling nobly to defend or rights and achieve the independence of the Confederate States.

 Executive Department

Tallahassee, April 1, 1864

 (This article is from an 1864 Florida newspaper)

  Note: (The corn tithe was part of a war time tax of one-tenth of all agricultural products that became known as the Confederate tithe.)


Edward Jordan  Sheriff of Taylor County

 1859 - 1868

Anti war – deserters threatened to overrun Taylor County where they organized into

 bands and terrorized all who differed with them. By 1864, they had effectively disrupted

 the function of local government, the sheriff had defected, and the new sheriff Edward

 Jordan, was soon reporting to the comptroller: I am driven to the necessity of informing

 you that I am compelled to stop collecting or assessing Taxes for the present, in

 consequence of the Enemy and having received a message from a squad of persons that

 call themselves Union men. I thought it best to desist, until there is a force in the county

 to check them, if not I shall have to leave. I cannot say how soon for safety, for I have

 received orders to join them or I cannot stay in the County.

( Confederate Florida)







Salt, Salt, Salt.

The undersigned have and will try to keep on hand, at their salt works, 25 miles S. W. of Brooksville, Florida, a supply of the above article. They will sell salt for $10 per bushel and will give five dollars a bushel for corn. Or will give one bushel of salt for 2 of corn. The corn to be delivered at the residence of D. Hope or L. G. Leslie, both of whom live near the road leading from Brookville to their salt works. Corn wagons will have preference.






The Ruby operated at times from The Suwannee River