Patriotic ardor grew steadily in Pensacola during the latter part of 1860 and reached a height when Florida seceded from the Union on January 10, 1861. Two companies of volunteers had already been organized there: the Pensacola Guards with A. H. Bright as captain, and the Rifle Rangers, Edward A. Perry, captain.
Yonge, Julien C.
"Pensacola in the War for Southern Independence,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37
, Article 10.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss3/10