Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Orman House Historic State Park - Apalachicola, Florida

Orman House in Apalachicola
One of the most beautiful antebellum homes in Florida was also the home of a noted soldier of the Confederacy.

William Orman was only 8 years old when the elegant old Orman House was built in Apalachicola in 1838. The son of a wealthy cotton merchant, he attended Yale and was a lawyer in Apalachicola when Florida seceded from the Union in 1861. When the call went out for volunteers to defend the state, he was among the first in his city to step forward.

Enlisting in Company B, 1st Florida Infantry, on April 4, 1861, he was quickly selected its 1st lieutenant. The 1st Florida Infantry was one of the regiments sent to Pensacola Bay in 1861 to become part of General Braxton Bragg's Army of Pensacola. Lieutenant Orman was detached in November to do duty on a harbor patrol boat in Pensacola Bay, a duty which he continued into early 1862.

Orman House Historic State Park
The "old" 1st Florida Infantry was a 12-months regiment and its service came to an end in the late spring of 1862. Orman then reenlisted as a private in Company K of the "new" 1st Florida Infantry on September 5, 1862, and was appointed quartermaster sergeant of the regiment the following month. He served in that capacity with the 1st Florida until the end of the war, when it was surrendered in North Carolina as part of General Joseph E. Johnstons's army. The 1st Florida took part in the most fierce battles waged by the Army of Tennessee during the last three years of the war.

The Apalachicola home where he spent his childhood before becoming a soldier of the Confederacy is now preserved as Orman House Historic State Park. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ormanhouse.

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