|Orman House in Apalachicola|
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 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.