The Civil War
The Civil War 1861 - 1865
Three companies from the Micanopy area served in the Army of the Confederate States of America. One was Captain William Powell, whose photograph shows him in the uniform of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina from which he graduated in 1859. Shown in this display is a 1970 uniform of The Citadel, with sword and scabbard and feathered shako. The uniform has changed little in more than a century.
Cattle were fattened on Payne's Prairie prior to rail transport by the "Cow Cavalry" to the troops.
Pension papers and records of local veterans, as well as a photograph of a veterans gathering in the 1890s, document that period of local history.
Also, a lady's black lace shawl and long white lace mitts that date from 1850, are shown, as well as the leather boots of a little girl who lived in Micanopy during the war.
Atop the exhibit case area are copies of letters written during the war by Dr. Augustus Mathers to his wife, who kept the home fires burning in Micanopy during his absence. A Civil War diary by Mary Chesnut describes the women's viewpoint of the war.
Captain Powell is buried in the Micanopy cemetery along with many Confederate and Union veterans.