Union Soldier Remembered For Battle at Natural Bridge - SLIDE SHOW

The community came together on Memorial Day to honor a union soldier who fought in the Battle at Natural Bridge.

The Sons of the Union and The Tallahassee Historical Society dedicated a military marker to honor Civil War Union Office major Edmund Cottle Weeks.

Weeks died in 1907 and is buried in the Old City Cemetery.

Major Weeks was a Lieutenant Governor of Florida, a Leon County Commissioner, and Leon County Sheriff.

During Monday's dedication there was a gun salute, the firing of the canon, and taps.

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  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    Smart man. Settled in the South.
  • by Hehe on May 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:42 AM in reply to Hehe
  • by jtk Location: Tallahassee on May 31, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    I'm with Julie, confused a bit. The headstone reads 2nd FLA CAV. The 2nd Fla Cavalry was a conferate cavalry unit. If he was in fact a union soldier wouldn't he have been attached to a union cavalry unit?
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      by Martin on May 31, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to jtk
      There was a Confederate 2nd Fl. Cavalry & a Union 2nd Fl. Cavalry. There were some other Union units bearing the Florida designation as well. These are facts not known to most.
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      by Steve Marietta, Ga. on May 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to jtk
      JTK. You are correct! This may cause some to question what may have occurred in the smoke and mist of the battles of our war. I would like to make a point concerning another issue, and another blogger. For Mark. East and West Florida had different Capitals, this is true. Jacksonville, and Pensacola are both important cities in the history of Florida. Pensacola was the capital of West Florida, and Jacksonville was considered the hub, because of it's proximity to Saint Augustine. Many flags have flown-there. What I want to say is that Key West was not a significant part of the big picture. The entire area south of what is now "the I-4 corridor," from Tampa, to Daytona, was governed by Osceola and the Seminole Nation. The U.S. Military tried three times, to defeat Osceola, Seminoles, and freed slaves, and were beaten back. They finally gave-up, and left 'Big Cypress'. Osceola never quit, he died in prison, some say from consumption. The only thing that the keys provided was access to the Spanish, French, and Brittish colonies in the area.
  • by Julie on May 31, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    Maybe I'm reding this wrong but it he was from Florida why was he a Union Soldier?
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      by Mark on May 31, 2011 at 07:14 AM in reply to Julie
      Julie, Although Florida was a Confederate state, many people remained loyal to the Union. This was not uncommon in the South just as there were many people in the North who held Southern sympathies. Some of the larger cities in Florida remained in Federal control all during the War. Most notably Jacksonville, Pensacola and Key West. The Confederate forces in Florida controlled most of the interior of the state. Most states during the Civil War sent units to both armies. We are fortunate to have in our state two battlefields from that war. Olustee near Lake City and Natural Bridge in Woodville. Both were pivotal battles in our region. Both locations hold annual reenactments to educate the public. I highly recommend visiting both!
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        by SH88 on May 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to Mark
        That doesn't apply to Major Weeks. He was from Massachusettes where he enlisted and he's unit moved their way down to Florida fighting battles during the Civil War.
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      by Sh88 on May 31, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to Julie
      He was born in Massachusetts. After the war he settled in Tallahassee.
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