Samuel Proctor


The year 1860 was one of political unrest and agitation in Florida. Most Southerners argued with an unyielding passion that secession had become a matter of necessity and that independence was the only possible course of action for the South. A political meeting in Jacksonville on May 15, 1860, overwhelmingly resolved: “We are of the opinion that the right of the citizens of Florida are no longer safe in the Union and we think she should raise the banner of secession and invite her southern sisters to join her.” The Jacksonville Standard, on July 26, 1860, announced that if “in consequence of Northern fanaticism the irrepressible conflict must come we are prepared to meet it.”