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Confederate (CSV)


Reuben Long

(1832 - 1915)

Home State: Florida

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Florida Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1850 he was living in Columbus County, NC, and was in Orange County, FL by 1860. He mustered in to Company G, 8th Florida Infantry in 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

After the War

In 1872 he settled in the "Big Scrub", now part of the Ocala National Forest, and set up a homestead on Pat's Island, a high point there.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Florida1. His gravesite is on Findagrave. A story about his son Melvin adopting an orphan fawn on Pat's Island was the inspiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, which is about Melvin and his parents. The path to the family homestead site and cemetery on the Yearling Trail.


01/15/1832; Pireway, NC


09/11/1915; Marion County, FL; burial in Long Family Cemetery, Ocala National Forest, FL


1   State of Florida, Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil and Spanish-American Wars, Live Oak (FL): Democrat Print, 1903, pp. 196 - 200  [AotW citation 15520]