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Confederate (CSV)

Colonel

Richard Ferdinand Floyd

(1810 - 1870)

Home State: Florida

Command Billet: Regimental Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Florida Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a writer, musician and painter - specializing in horse portraits - in Georgia. From 1836-1846 he was Captain of a local militia unit - The Camden Chasseurs of Horse, and was sheriff of Camden County (1844-46), after which time he moved to St Johns County, Florida.

He was appointed Brigadier General of Florida troops, and fought, unsuccessfully, in defence of Apalachicola in 1861. Most of his command became the 8th Florida Infantry, and he was made their Colonel on 15 July 1862. He saw action at 2nd Bull Run and Cedar Mountain.

On the Campaign

He was absent, sick, as were a large number of his troops for most of the Maryland Campaign, being in camp at Winchester and Shepherdstown. He traveled to the Battlefield at Sharpsburg on 17 September, but did not join his Regiment in action due to continued illness.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission because of his health on 22 September 1862.

References & notes

Military service data from Studnicki 1 and biographical details from Mathews.2

Birth

7/7/1810; Fairfield Plantation, Camden, GA

Death

5/27/1870 Green Cove Springs, FL; burial in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Green Cove Springs, FL

Notes

1   Studnicki, Jim, Civil War Florida, Published c. 2001, first accessed 15 June 2005, <http://www.civilwarflorida.com/>, Source page: /site/soldiers/soldier_detail.php?soldierREF=299  [AotW citation 167]

2   Mathews, Marguerite Marree, and Alice Collar Tonge, Floyd Family History and Lineage, Woodbine (Ga): Privately published, 1998, Chapter 9  [AotW citation 168]