As was true of most of the institutions of higher learning taken over by the State at one time or another, the South Florida Military and Educational Institution had operated first as a private school. In 1894 Major General Evander McIver Law, a teacher of long and varied experience, and a Confederate veteran of distinguished service, founded a military school in Bartow, which eventually became one of the constituent parents of the University of Florida
"The South Florida Military Institute (Bartow),"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 32
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol32/iss1/5