Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Florida Confederate Memorial Wall (TFCMW)

One day in 2011 Robert E. Stemple stated that it would be nice to see a transportable Florida Confederate memorial wall. Later that day his brother John determined that no such thing was in existence. Being residents of Florida and possessing at least one ancestor who had served with Federal forces but a minimum of three who had been Confederates (and holding an unbiased pride related to all), the siblings deemed it a worthy educational contribution to pursue the development of a portable memorial. John immediately embarked upon an intensive research project which encompassed more than two years.

State and other sources provided listings of several thousand individuals (soldiers, sailors, marines, physicians, and chaplains) serving with Florida's units, and Floridians posted to other Confederate forces, who died from wounds, diseases, illnesses, or accidents during or soon after the War Between the States. The aforementioned individuals were pursuing the dual, and what they believed to be honorable, causes of maintaining the sovereignties of the State of Florida and the Confederate States of America. They were of diverse races, creeds, and nationalities.

Since Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines are "veterans," as designated by the U.S. Congress (U.S. Public Law 85-425: Section 410 / adopted 23 May 1958), the brothers were of the opinion that Florida Confederates justifiably and legitimately deserve the same respect as all other American military veterans.

Although The Florida Confederate Memorial Wall contains only the names of those who perished in the midst of meritorious service, the  continuing organizational initiative endeavors to pay homage to all servicemembers affiliated with Florida who performed praiseworthy duty. In light of the foregoing, the primary goals of this nonpolitical undertaking are to provide tangible, visual, educational, and solemn tributes to Florida's Confederate veterans.

 

 

 

Below: This photo of Florida Confederate soldiers is courtesy of the Research Library of the Florida Historical Society in Cocoa, Florida.

The Florida Confederate Memorial Wall inside the factory.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Among the resources consulted for the TFCMW project, two proved to be particularly valuable. One was the Florida Board of State Institutions' Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil, and Spanish American War. The other was the Broadfoot Publishing (Wilmington, NC) 6-volume Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865 (by David W. Hartman, Compiler, and David Coles, Associate Compiler).

Salute: Officers and members of the General Jubal A. Early Camp #556 (Tampa) of the Sons of Confederate Veterans graciously contributed suggestions related to the design of The Florida Confederate Memorial Wall. We thank them for their input!