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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Civil War

1861-1865

 
 
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Inscription. In 1861, following years of increasing hostility over the issues of slavery and states' rights, slave holding states separated from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. The Civil War (War Between the States) began April 12, 1861 with a Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. President Abraham Lincoln called for the creation of a Union military force made up of volunteers from the states north of the Mason-Dixon Line. In September 1861, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in the United States. Years of battles ended on April 9, 1865 with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. More than 620,000 soldiers, sailors, and civilians died in the war. After the war, investors from the North bought land at bargain prices in the South and veterans from both sides found the opportunity for success on the Florida frontier.

General Joseph Finegan:
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Confederate Brigadier General Joseph Finegan was born in Clones, Ireland and came to Florida in the 1830s. He was in command at the Battle of Olustee, one of only two battles fought in Florida, and he also fought Virginia. After the war, he acquired the land grant that is now Sanford for $40. In 1870, he sold the land to Henry S. Sanford for $18,200.

Joseph
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General Joseph Finegan
Tucker:
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Judge Joseph W. Tucker was a leading figure in the Confederate secret service. He led a group of riverboat saboteurs on the Mississippi River known as "boat burners." At the end of the war he escaped to Bermuda, coming to Florida only after the government granted amnesty. He purchased land from Gen. Joseph Finegan and became a leader in Sanford's development.

Henry S. Sanford:
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General Henry S. Sanford, city founder, was granted his honorary military rank by the governor of Minnesota in recognition of his gift on cannons to that state's militia. Sanford was a diplomat specializing in espionage. During the war, Sanford organized a surveillance network to track Confederate activity in Great Britain, where textile mills relied on Southern cotton.

Adam Shadrach:
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Adam Shadrach, "Old Shad," was Sanford's official gunner. He fired the city cannon on all special occasions. Born a slave in South Carolina, he came to Sanford after fighting with the 2nd Regiment Light Artillery of the US Colored Troops during the war.

Tarver and Way:
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Confederate veteran O.S. Tarver and Union veteran D.L. Way pose during a Sanford pageant celebrating reconciliation after the war. Veterans from both sides built the city and they are buried together in Sanford's cemeteries.
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Joseph Tucker

 
Location. 28° 48.907′ N, 81° 16.087′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Seminole Boulevard north of North Park Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in the City of Sanford's Veterans Memorial Park, which extends over a pier out into Lake Monroe. The marker is one of a few found along the pier's west boardwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seminole County World War Monument (a few steps from this marker); Second Seminole War (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Sanford World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gate City of South Florida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
More about this marker. The marker states just two Civil War battles were fought in Florida, however, this is an under-representation. At least eight other Florida-based battles took place during the war, though
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Henry S. Sanford
they were generally small skirmishes when compared to the Battle of Olustee, which was by far the largest Florida battle.
 
Categories. African AmericansPeaceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
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Adam Shadrach
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Tarver and Way
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 16, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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