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Confederate (CSV)


David Lang

(1838 - 1917)

Home State: Florida

Education: Georgia Military Institute, Class of 1857

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Florida Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

22 years old, the County Surveyor in Suwannee County, he enlisted as Private, Company H, First Florida Infantry on 5 April 1861 at Houston, FL. He was promoted to Corporal in May and First Sergeant in October 1861. After a year at Pensacola, he mustered out on 6 April 1862 and was commissioned Captain, Company C, 8th Florida Infantry to date from 10 May.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was promoted successively to Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel of the regiment by April 1863 and had Brigade command at Gettysburg and later in the War. He was part of the Confederate delegation at the surrender at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He returned to Suwannee, then lived in Marion County and Cedar Key before going to Tallahassee about 1885. He was a civil engineer, a member of the Florida legislature (1885-1893), and Adjutant-General of the state militia (1885-94).

References & notes

Basic information from State of Florida1 and Hartman's Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers (1995-). Details from his obituary in the Tallahassee Democrat of 14 December 1917. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to John A Reeves for the pointer to Captain Lang.

More on the Web

There is an excellent photograph of him as Florida Adjutant-General (c. 1885) online from the Florida State Library & Archives. There is a historical marker for him in Tallahassee.


05/09/1838; Camden County, GA


12/13/1917; Tallahassee, FL; burial in Old City Cemetery, Tallahassee, FL