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Auburn in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Confederate Park

Uncle Bill Lundy

 
 
Confederate Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
1. Confederate Park Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to
Uncle Bill Lundy
Florida's Last Confederate Veteran
1848 — 1957
And All Confederate Veterans
of Florida

 
Erected 1958 by Crestview Lions Club.
 
Location. 30° 49.371′ N, 86° 32.227′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 85 and Hemphill Road, on the right when traveling south on State Road 85. Touch for map. Memorial was moved in 2015, 4.6 miles north from city owned intersection of North Ferdon Boulevard (Florida Route 85) and East 1st Avenue onto this private property in Auburn, Florida due to the current politically correctness era. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3502 Hemphill Road, Crestview FL 32536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Bethel Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Concord Lodge No. 50 F & AM (approx. 4.8 miles away); Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Crestview Lodge #364 F&AM PHA (approx. 5.4 miles away); Carver-Hill H.S. (approx. 5.4 miles away); Baker High School (approx. 8.7 miles away); Doolittle Raiders (approx. 14.3 miles away); W.S. Harlan School (approx. 17.1 miles away in Alabama).
 
More about this marker. Located near the North Okaloosa Fire Station on Hemphill Road.
 
Regarding Confederate Park. Since 1958 the flagpole had only the "Confederate Flag." Due to the recent PC problems across the US in 2015 the city decided to place a US flag above. When the flag and marker moved north in 2015, a separate U.S. flag pole was added.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on William Lundy. (Submitted on August 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. YouTube video on a Confederate Veteran: A Tribute to Florida's Last.
Confederate Park Marker with fire station on left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
2. Confederate Park Marker with fire station on left.
U.S. flag pole added
(Submitted on August 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Controversy
There is some controversy over whether William Lundy is the last Florida Civil War Veteran or a veteran at all.

Civil War historian Scott R. Smithís research confirms what historians have said since at least 1991.

“He never served in any branch of the Confederate military or of Home Guards during the War,” Smith stated in the winter 2015 issue of Pea River Trails, the Enterprise, Ala.-based Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society's quarterly journal.

Smithís article, “The Cases of Francis Marion Lunday and William Allen Lundy, Father and Son: Self-Declared Confederate Veterans and Bogus Pensioners,” draws on Florida, Alabama and federal military and census records to disprove Lundy — and his fatherís — claims of veteran status.


Source: "The Cases of Francis Marion Lunday and William Allen Lundy, Father and Son Self-Declared Confederate Veterans and Bogus Pensioners," Pea River Trails, Winter 2015, Scott R. Smith
    — Submitted August 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Park Marker on private land. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
3. Confederate Park Marker on private land.
Former location of marker and flagpole, on city property, nearly 5 miles south. image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, August 8, 2015
4. Former location of marker and flagpole, on city property, nearly 5 miles south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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