During the period of the Confederate government, Florida
's representatives in the Senate were James M. Baker
and Augustus E. Maxwell
, and the members of Congress successively elected during provisional and later rule were J. P. Anderson
, James B. Dawkins
, Robert B. Hilton
, Jackson Morton
, J. M. Martin
, J. B. Owens
, St. George Rogers
, G. T. Ward
and J. P. Sanderson
's governors during the civil war were Madison S. Perry
to November, 1861, John Milton
from November, 1861, to April, 1865.
The latter dying before the expiration of his term, A. K. Allison
was acting governor until the close of the war, when he was arrested with other prominent officials, by military order, and imprisoned in Fort Pulaski
War having been begun against the seceded States soon after the inauguration of President Lincoln
, the governor of Florida
engaged in active preparations for the coming conflict, now inevitable.
This first movement was to issue orders to the volunteer companies to organize into battalions and regiments, and for all citizens subject to military duty to make preparations at once for war and be in readiness for such service as would be required for the defense of the State
and the protection of the extensive line of seacoast that would be exposed to the enemy's gunboats and transports, which would very soon be sent to blockade our ports.
A prompt response was made to the call, and companies were rapidly formed throughout the State
, and organized into battalions of infantry and cavalry, resulting before many months in the formation of regimental organizations composed of the finest material in the State
Four artillery companies were also formed, nobly officered and well equipped, and under such admirable discipline that when called into service they soon won a proud name by the splendid management of their guns, and their coolness and heroism.
In many instances they displayed a dauntless intrepidity on the battlefield, not only in the State
, but while in the