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William Michael "Mike" Hope
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Birth: 1846
Alachua County
Florida, USA
Death: Apr., 1864
Lake City
Columbia County
Florida, USA

William Michael Hope 1846-1864
Submitted by Charles C. Blankenship
Life for William Michael Hope most likely began in Newnansville, Alachua County, 1846. His parents, Henry Hope and Alatha Frances Garrison, were definitely still in Alachua. Henry paid 1846 Taxes on his land and his wife sold a house located in the town of Newnansville in May of 1846. Michael's AOA Land permit for 160 acres in Hernando was not proved out or patented, which tends to show Henry continued to live in Alachua rather than the newly formed Hernando County.

When the 7th U. S. Census was taken in 1850, Henry Hope's family was living in Hernando, which had been renamed Benton County. The enumerator incorrectly listed the head of household as David rather than Henry, but Alatha and young Michael were correctly named.

William grew up and continued to live in Benton, which again was renamed Hernando by the 7th Census. The 1860 Census is missing and only the 1860 Tax Records reveal that the was in Hernando.

The very next year, the Civil War broke out. Young William enlisted in Captain Parson's Independent Company but was discharged for being underage at 15. Back home he received a Civil War letter in March of 1863 from one of his neighbors by the name of Francis R. Nicks. His letter was published in the FSGS TFG Quarterly as to "Dear Mike."

Just as soon as William Michael turned 17 years of age, he re-enlisted in Captain Samuel E. Hope's Company C, 9th Florida Regiment. His Company was ordered to just west of Jacksonville at Camp Finegan. From there, William wrote a Civil War letter home to his father:

A Civil War Letter from Camp Finegan, Florida
Henry R. Nicks of Dallas, Texas, shared his Great-Grandmother's Brother's letter from north Florida to his home in Brooksville.

Camp Finegan, Fla. Jany 31st

Dear Father

I seat myself this evening to write
A few lines to inform you that I am in good
Health. I hope this will reach you and the family
In the same health. I received those things you
Sent me by Sgt (unreadable). Pa you said you could
Not get me any shoes but pa I have a plenty as
I have three pairs. (Larry?) is going (to) be down there
In a few days and (I) wish that Ma would send
Me some more pants. Pa Samuel Harville told (me)
That you had been very sick. I (am) sorrow to hear
It. We can now begin to get furloughs again
But there shall not (be) but two absent at a time
Pa I hear that Capt Ellis was go(ing)
To commense detailing cow drivers angain and
When he (unreadable) get me on the detail.
I have nothing more to write at this time
So I will close

I remain as ever the
Same your Affectionate Son
William M. Hope

Abandoning Camp Finegan for Lake City, the 9th and prepared for a battle with Union troops. William Michael may have participated in the Battle of Olustee during February of 1864. Sometime afterwards between March and April, William Michael went to the Lake City Hospital and died of measles. There were many cases of small pox reported among the soldiers of both sides. William M. Hope does not have a grave marker or tombstone to view. He is among many buried in a common grave in the Lake City area.

Family links: 
  Henry Hope (1810 - 1862)
Note: One common grave in Lake City FL Many were buried there with unmarked graves,
Created by: Brenda Hope
Record added: May 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70571929

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