Samuel Darwin McConnell was an attorney and military captain during the Civil War in Florida. Born on January 14, 1834 in Liberty County, Georgia, McConnell attended school in Walthourville, Georgia, studied law, and was admitted to the Ocala Bar in November of 1860. After passing the bar, McConnell also served as an instructor at the East Florida Seminary in Ocala. Prior to the start of the Civil War, McConnell wrote the petition from Marion County asking for the secession of Florida from the Union. On August 27, 1861, McConnell married Mary Eloise Brumby, daughter of R. T. Brumby.
The Samuel D. McConnell Collection includes the correspondence of McConnell before, during, and after the Civil War, as well as other documents relating to S. D. McConnell. The letters chosen reflect his feelings about and invlovement with the Civil War.
Text and selection by Connor Wynn.
Selected Letters from the Samuel D. McConnell Collection
- Letter dated November 26, 1860, in which McConnell discusses passing the Ocala Bar exam and Florida secession.
- Letter dated January 12, 1861, in which McConnell describes Florida's secession from the Union.
- Letter dated June 3, 1862, in which McConnell describes life at Camp Finegan in north Florida.
- Letter dated September 8, 1864, in which McConnell describes his feelings about the presidental election of 1864.
- Letter dated November 5, 1864, in which McConnell describes Brigade reductions and change in officers.