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Governor Milton

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Wooden river steamer seized by the State of Florida as G. W. Bird
  • Renamed Governor Milton, used for a transport by the Confederacy
  • Captured by a boat from USS Darlington, 7 October 1862, in a creek near Hawkinsville, FL.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 68 t.
    Length 85'
    Beam 20'
    Depth 4' 8"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unarmed
    Propulsion steam

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    Governor Milton 53k
    John Milton was born near Louisville, Ga., on April 20, 1807. A descendant of the English poet John Milton, he practiced law, first in a number of Georgia and Alabama communities and later in New Orleans. Before coming to Florida in 1846, Milton allegedly killed an adversary in a duel. After entering Florida politics, Milton became a statewide force in the Democratic Party, serving as a presidential elector in 1848 and as a member of the 1850 House of Representatives. A vigorous states-righter, Milton encouraged the early secession of Florida from the Union. As governor, Milton stressed Florida's ability to serve as an important source of food and salt for the Confederate war effort. On April 1, 1865, as the southern cause was collapsing, John Milton shot himself at "Sylvania," his home near Marianna. In his last message to the legislature, he had said, "Death would be preferable to reunion."
    Courtesy Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources
    Bill Gonyo
    Governor Milton 57k Lithograph depicting the steamer Governor Milton underway.
    Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Governor Milton
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