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William Wing Loring
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William Wing Loring was born in Wilmington, N. C. December 4, 1818 to Ruben and Hannah(Kenan) Loring. In the 1820s he became a resident of the new territory of Florida. At 14 he wasinvolved in the Seminole War Florida Militia in the 11th Regiment 2nd Brigade advancing to a 2ndLieutenant on June 16, 1837. His nickname was "boy soldier." When he was 17 he ran away to fightin the Texas War for Independence but his father caught up with him and brought him back. He wentto the Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria Virginia and Georgetown University in D. C. Hestudied law and worked in the law office of territorial representative David Levy Yulee.and wasadmitted in 1842 to the Florida Bar. He ran for and was elected to the Florida State legislature andserved for three years. In 1845 he ran for the Florida Senate but lost.From St. Augustine PatrolsState of FloridaCity of St. AugustineTo Francis P Ferreira, Sheriff of the County of St. JohnsGreetingIn the name and by the authority of the State of Florida, you are hereby commanded that you arrest,Brigadier Genl William J Worth and him forwith bring before me at my office in the City of St.Augustine to answer the complaints of William W. Loring charging him the said William J. Worth withan assault and battery upon him he said William Loring whilst in the discharge of his official duties asone of the patrol on the night of the 20th inst.Given under my hand at the City of St. Augustine the 21st day of August 1845.E B Gould, MayorCity of St. AugustineMexican WarIn 1846 he joined the newly formed Mounted Rifleman that was orignally supposed to see duty inOregon. The regiment was sent to Mexico where it lost its horses at sea. In the Mexican War heserved under General Scott and participated in all of Scott's battles. He was a captain of MountedRifleman. He was breveted twice in the Mexican War and wounded at both Churubusco andChapultepec where he lost his left arm in the battle to take the gate of Mexico City at Castle ofChapultepec,. For gallant conduct he was breveted Lieutenant-Colonel then to Colonel.Wild WestIn 1849 the one-armed Major led the Mounted Riflemen on the longest overland trek made by anyU.S. Army unit, and he was military commander for the territory of Oregon and Washington. Loringspent eight years with the U.S. Army in the "wild west" where he became the youngest full Colonel inthe U.S. Army at that time.In 1852 Loring and the Rifles were sent to help guard Texas. In 1856 Loring became the youngest linecolonel in the history of the army. The following year he and the Rifles were transferred to NewMexico, where they took part in operations against the Apaches and played a brief part in the MormonWar.In 1859 Loring embarked on a lengthy journey to Europe and Egypt to study military tactics. In March1861 he was named commander of the Department of New Mexico, but at the start of the Civil Warhe resigned his commission in Santa Fe on May 13.Civil WarHis Confederate assignments included: brigadier general, CSA (May 20, 186 1); commandingArmy of the Northwest July 20-August 3, 1861 and October 1861February 9, 1862); commandingbrigade, Army of the Northwest (August 3-October 1861); major general, CSA (February 17,1862); commanding Department of Southwestern Virginia (May 8-October 16, 1862); commandingdivision, 2nd Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (ca. January-April1863); commanding division, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (April-May 16, 1863);commanding division, Department of the West (May 16-July 1863); commanding division,Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana July 1863-January 28, 1864); commanding division,Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana January 28-May 4, 1864); commandingdivision, Polk's (Army of Mississippi)-Stewart's Corps, Army of Tennessee (May 4-June 14, June14-July 28, 1864, September 1864-ca. March 1865, and April 9-26, 1865); and temporarilycommanding the corps June 14, 1864).EgyptAfter the war he served 10 years as a General in Egypt. He wrote and published a book, AConfederate Soldier in Egypt, about his experiences. Another book which contains his journal fromhis western adventures was published long after his death entitled The March of the MountedRiflemen.Funeral ServiceThe first funeral service took place in New York. His body was placed in the receiving vault of theMarble Cemetery on Second-avenue and Second-street untill the family would decide to bury himin either Gainesville or St. Augustine Florida. Col. J. Hanson Thomas went to Florida to speak tohis relatives.The funeral services were held at Grace Church in New York. The casket was clothed in a fulldress suit. The body lay in state in the ladies' parlor of the St. Denis Hotel where General Loringstayed while he was in New York. The most striking floral emblem was a cavalry sword upon acushion of ivy, presented by Col. J. R. Ogden, Col. J. Hanson Thomas and Major Henry Robinson,the sole survivors of General Loring's Confederate staff.The body was met at the church by Rev. Dr. Huntingdon, the Rector of the church and Rev. Mr.Buford, an old friend and companion-in-arms of Gen. Loring. The first mourner was James, theAfrican-American body servent who attended the General through his Mexican and westerncampaigns until he entered the Confederate Army. The relatives who attended the funderalincluded ex-Senator Spencer, of Alabama, Mrs. Herbert Royston, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Knight,Charles Loring, Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle. The pall bearers were Major-Gen. J. M. Schofield, Gen. C.M. Wilcox, Gen. R. J. Ingalls, Gen. Roger Smith, Gen. T. P. Dockery, Gen. John Newton, Gen.Martin T. McMahon, Col. Chaille Long, Col. J. R. Ogden, Col. J. Hanson Thomas, J. L. Snead, Col.W. G. Tallaferro, Col. G. T. Ferris, and Col. J. R. Sadler. Others who attended included Col. E. E.McLean, Major Hancock Clark, C. C. Baldwin, former President of the Louisville and NashvilleRailroad Company; H. R. Duvall of the Florida Railway and Navigation Company, L. B. Zacharias,of Baltimore; Olaf Rudelbeck, of New York; Major-Gen. J. B. Fry, the Rev. Charles F. Deems,Major Henry Robinson, ex-Gov. John T. Hoffman, Baron von Weel, and Gen. Wilcox.MonumentOn the west side of the plaza you will find a monument to Confederate General William WingLoring. The Sons of the Confederacy Chapter in St. Augustine is named the William Wing LoringChapter. General Loring died in New York on December 30, 1886 and his ashes were buried atGrace Episcopal church in New York. City Council in St. Augustine gave $100 toward moving himback to St. Augustine and with the help of others the General's ashes arrived by train on March17, 1887 and lay in an oak coffin in the Plaza, guarded day and night by sentries. He was laid torest first in Evergreen cemetery but was moved to the west side of the plaza in 1920.Inscriptions(Front):In memory of a distinguished American solider, citizen of St. Augustine, Fla. Born December 4,1818. Died December 30, 1885. His courage in battle was conspicuous; His devotion to dutyunfailing; His ability recognized by three governments. He commanded the first trans-continentalmarch; convoying to California, in safety an emigrant train of three hundred wagons throughpathless and hostile territory; an unsurpassed record, this memorial is erected by Anna DummettChapter Daughters of the Confederacy, and friends; That the record of his life may be aninspiration to American youth. 1920.(Left):Confederate States Army 1861-1865Brigadier General May 1861.Major General February 1862.(Right):Florida Troops 1832-1838:"The Boy Soldier."United States Army 1846-1861:Captain, Major, Colonel.(Back):The Loring Memorial Site for memorial given to Anna Dummett chapter, Daughters of theConfederacy, inc. July 3, 1920. Re-interment of General Loring beneath this siteJuly 8, 1920. Obelisk erected July 13, 1920. Dedicated and unveiled December 30, 1920.The State of Florida granted an appropriation to Anna Dummett Chapter Daughters of theConfederacy, inc. to aid in completing this memorial May 24, 1921.Bronze given by State Museum University of FloridaEgyptian Army 1869-1879Fereek Pacha, highest military rank Egypt could give to a foreigner.Commended to Khedive of Egypt by General U.S. Grant, U.S.A.(Plaque at Base):William Wing LoringHero of Four Wars - Fought under three flags - travler - authorborn in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., North Carolina, Dec. 4, 1818.Became a resident of Florida in 1825Volunteer in Seminole Indian War in 1831Second Lieutenant, Florida volunteers, June 16, 1837Representative in Florida legislature 1842-1845Admitted to the bar in 1842United States FlagVolunteer in U.S. Army in 1842Captain of mounted riflemen in 1842Lost left arm in battle at Mexico City in 1847Lieutenant Colonel, mounted riflemen, March 15, 1848Commander Department of Oregon in 1849Escort of six hundred mule teams across western plains in 1849Commander Department of Rio Grande in 1851Colonel in 1856Toured the old world in 1859-1860Confederate States FlagBrigadier General May 20, 1861Major General in 1862Banker in New York City 1866-1869Egyptian FlagGrand Commander, the Osmanli, by the Khedive of Egypt, in 1869Brigadier General Lewan Pacha, in 1869Inspector General in 1870Commander-in-chief of Army and Navy in 1870Fereek Pacha, highest military grade in Egypt and Turkey, Dec. 1, 1875Grand officer the Medjidieh in 1875Author of book on Egypt in 1884Died in New York City, December 30, 1886Buried at St. Augustine, Florida, March 18, 1887Tablet placed at his grave, by the Florida State Museum,May 5, 1920
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Thanks for your service!
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Your rememberance will last for eternity.
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Rest in peace with honor
- Joe M. Loring
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A True Hero. May Your Memory Always Be Honored.
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Loring, William Wing. Papers, 1862.Accession 13869. 1 volume (320 pages) and 10 pages. The Library of Va. Papers, 1862, of Major General William Wing Loring (1818-1886), commander of the First Division, Department of Norfolk until the evacuation of Nofolk and of the Department of Southwest Virginia. Includes Loring's letterbook while serving in those departments during 1862 and containing correspondence and orders to other military officers. Also includes loose letters concerning orders, deserters, and Loring's campaign in the Kanawha River Valley in western (now West) Virginia. Papers, 1862, of the Department of Southwestern Virginia (Confederate) commanded by General William Wing Loring (1818-1886), consisting of charges and specifications for desertion against Private Thomas J. Phillips (1834-1901) and against Private John C. Combs (1839-1913), both endorsed as approved by W. B. Myers for General Loring; letter, 24 August 1862, from Major J. Floyd King, Headquarters, Department of Southwestern Virginia, to Colonel Henry Fitzhugh (b. ca. 1810), assistant adjutant general, stating that the firing of guns by Captain Bryan was an act of indiscretion and not willful disobedience and asking that Captain Bryan be released from house arrest and charges withdrawn; and letter, 24 August 1862, from Allen T. Caperton (1810-1876), Provost Marshall for Monroe County (West) Virginia, to Major General Loring, commenting on the disposition of property of disloyal citizens who have fled to the enemy.
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We honor your memory sir, and thank you for your service, and for supporting the Confederacy, the Constitution, and states' rights during the War for Southern Independence. God bless the South and long live the Confederacy!
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Give 'em blizzards boys! Rest in peace uncle.
- D B Loring Jr
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Remembering And Honoring A True Southern Hero, A Confederate Soldier. Deo Vindice.
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In answer to your question no you did not command cowards.
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Remembering you today General!!! Thank you for your service and devotion to the South. Deo vindice.
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Rest Well
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God's blessings to you on your birthday.

Rest in peace always and know you are not forgotten.
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Thank you for your service, devotion and sacrifice to the South. Deo vindice.
- Kelley G
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Know that you are remembered on your birthday. Rest in Peace.
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- God Bless & R.I.P. ~ Daughter Of An Angel ~
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A True Southern Hero
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Rest In Peace,General.
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