So You Think Your Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 3

In the last post, we left Oak Grove at the end of 1830 with approximately 30 families having settled along the Yellow River in what was then Walton Co, FL. By 1839 the community of Barrow’s Ferry/Oak Grove had grown a bit, the area filling out on both sides of the river. And many of … Continue reading So You Think Your Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 3

Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 2

A Union Cavalryman Since my post of 27 June, one man has been added to the list of members who joined the 1st Florida Union Cavalry. Bennett G. Senterfitt was the son of Jesse and Mary Faircloth Senterfitt, who were both members of Yellow River Baptist Church (YRBC) in 1840 when the church was founded. It … Continue reading Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 2

Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 1

A correct map of Pensacola Bay showing topography of the coast, Fort Pickens, U.S. Navy Yard, and all other fortifications. In my last post, I provided a list of 18 men who were from the northern Santa Rosa and Walton County areas during the Civil War who fought for the Union for at least some … Continue reading Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 1

“Unionist” Hotspot in Northwest Florida

On October 8, 1863, Brigadier General Alexander Asboth was transferred to Pensacola to take command of the District of West Florida. Twenty-one days later he was instructed to take immediate steps to raise and enlist a regiment of men from the surrounding area; primarily Northwest Florida and South Alabama. He took the task up immediately, though … Continue reading “Unionist” Hotspot in Northwest Florida