Railroads Change Florida


Governor John Milton vs. David Yulee, 1863

From: Letterbook of Governor John Milton (1861-1863), Territorial and State Governors letterbooks, 1836-1909 (S 32, V. 6)

Throughout the Civil War, Governor Milton advocated for greater security for Florida and pressed the Confederate government to maintain enough troops in the state for an adequate defense.

In this series of letters, Milton recommends seizing iron rails from the Florida Railroad Company to reuse the iron for new rail lines to transport troops and supplies. David L. Yulee, president of the Florida Railroad Company, contends that this would be unwise and illegal.