The writer of the letters which follow was born in Monticello, Florida, on April 25, 1825, the son of William Henry Mathers, Jr., and Elizabeth Clarke Mathers. The details of his early education are not known. He was married on October 28, 1848, to Mary Ann Cooper, daughter of Dr. James A. Cooper, originally of Farmington, Georgia, and Elizabeth White Cooper. The young couple lived a while in Madison, Florida, before removing to Micanopy where Mathers, together with his father-m-law, opened a drug store in 1853, known in later years as the “Old Reliable Micanopy Drug Store.”
Doty, Franklin A.
"The Civil War Letters of August Henry Mathers,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 36
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol36/iss2/4