Fire Island During the Civil War
John Gelston Floyd, Jr. (May 10, 1841 - Nov. 27, 1903)
After a period of outfitting and training, the 145th New York Regiment was prepared to deploy into battle. (See more 145th Regiment details.)
John G. Floyd, Jr. wrote home to his mother:
By November, Floyd had news to share from West Virginia.
In March 1863, John was detailed into Battery F of the 4th U. S. Artillery, where his commanding officer, Captain Franklin B. Cosby, was also his 2nd cousin.
You can follow the experiences of John G. Floyd, Jr. during these troubling times through his correspondence with family back home at Old Mastic. Check back as additional letters are posted throughout the year in 2013:
On January 6, 1864 Floyd was mustered out with an honorable discharge from the service, thus ending his military career.
A Fire Island Connection
During the raid of the CSS Tallahasse in August 1864, a pleasure boat from Fire Island's Surf Hotel took on passengers from a schooner that had escaped destruction. Learn more.
Learn More about the Civil War sites and stories preserved and interpreted in the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore were interested in its establishment to ensure that a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island would not be constructed. More...