|Guy V. Henry (sitting) and Guy V. Henry, Jr.|
The Union officer's son fought in the Spanish-American War
Having successfully flanked the 2nd Florida Cavalry and Milton Light Artillery from their position at Camp Finegan during the night, the advance forces of the Union invasion of Florida reached Baldwin on the morning of February 9, 1864.
An important point where the railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key connected with the railroad from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, Baldwin had been founded in 1846 as Thigpen, Florida. The name was changed to Baldwin before the Civil War to honor Dr. Abel S. Baldwin, an early Florida railroad president.
Col. Guy V. Henry and the head of the Union column was now 19 miles inland from the landing zone at Jacksonville and anticipated continuing a rapid advance the next morning. Their next target would be Sanderson, a town 18 miles west of Baldwin. The route followed the tracks of the Florida and Atlantic-Gulf Central Railroad, along which it was anticipated that supplies would be moved to support the inland movement.
Hot fighting would take place the next day, February 10th, as Henry started his move for Sanderson. Confederate forces in East Florida had been able to recover somewhat from the shock of the surprise they suffered at Camp Finegan and were beginning to stiffen their backs.
|Camp Milton Historic Preserve|
The Confederate facility at Baldwin was built after Olustee.
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