The fourth Governor of Florida
Madison Starke Perry was born in Lancaster County, South Carolina. He came to Florida in 1845 and helped found the village of Rochelle, Florida in Alachua County. He became a leader among the plantation owners in Alachua County and was elected to represent the county in the Florida House of Representatives in 1849. The following year he was elected to the Florida Senate. Perry ran for and was elected governor in 1856, assuming office on October 5, 1857. During the years before the Civil War, Governor Perry foresaw the possibility that Florida might secede from the Union, and in 1858 he urged the reestablishment of the state’s militia. Florida did secede three years later, on January 10, 1861. Perry then called for the evacuation of all federal troops from Florida, intending to replace them with the militia. After his term as governor ended on October 7, 1861, Perry served as colonel of the 7th Florida Infantry Regiment until illness forced his resignation on April 30, 1863. He retired to his plantation in Rochelle FL, where he died in March 1865, shortly before the end of theAmerican Civil War. Survived by his wife and two children, he was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Rochelle Florida in Alachua County. The city of Perry, Florida is named in his honor. The city of Starke, Florida may have been named in his honor.
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What exactly is the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Southern heritage and the truth as it pertains to what the boys in gray fought, suffered, and died for.
What exactly do we do?
Our main objective is to preserve our Southern heritage of honor, chivalry, courage and patriotism; to maintain Confederate monuments and cemeteries; to observe Confederate Memorial Days and birthdays of Confederate heroes, and otherwise preserve for our posterity, the memory of the valor of our Confederate forefathers who sacrificed their lives and fortunes for the Southern Cause, in the War for Southern Independence. We try to inform the public and especially our younger generation about the true causes of the War between the States. We try to aid any individuals who seek their Confederate ancestors. Many more duties and public services are performed by the SCV; the list goes on and on.
What are the requirements for membership?
All prospective new members must be male, and must be able to prove descendancy from a Confederate soldier, sailor, marine, or government official. The ancestor can be a father, grandparent, or uncle.