Sixteen of Francis P. Fleming’s letters were published in the Florida Historical Quarterly, July and October 1949, and January 1950. The letter edited here was a gift to the Florida Historical Society by Elizabeth (Fleming) Hamilton Ingle, granddaughter of Francis Philip Fleming. Fleming (1841-1908) was an attorney, editor, governor of Florida (1889-1893), and third president of the Florida Historical Society. Born in Panama (now a section of Jacksonville), Florida, he was educated privately, and at the outbreak of the Civil War, at age nineteen, he enlisted as a private in the St. Augustine Rifles. This unit later became part of Company H, Second Florida Infantry Regiment of the famous Florida Brigade, commanded by General Edward A. Perry. The Florida Second served as part of the Army of Northern Virginia. Fleming’s war record was a brilliant one. He participated in the battles of Peach Orchard, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Harper’s Ferry, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Seven Days Fight around Richmond, Antietam, and Gettysburg. In July 1863 he was transferred to the western army as first lieutenant of Company D, first Cavalry (Dismounted) and took part in eleven more battles. He returned to Jacksonville at the close of the war to study and practice law. Fleming’s letter is published as it was originally written without changes in spelling or punctuation.
Ingle, Jr., John P.
"Soldiering with the Second Florida Infantry Regiment,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 59:
3, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol59/iss3/7