Fort Marion, St. Augustine, occupied by Union troops. Photo by Samual A. Cooley

Baptists and the American Civil War: August 13, 1864

St. Augustine, Florida has been under Union control since March 1862. Along with Beaufort, South Carolina and environs, St. Augustine serves as a Northern-controlled freemen’s colony, providing opportunities for former slaves — or contrabands¬†(the wartime term for slaves freed by the Union Army) — to receive basic education, learn trades and acquire farming skills. Leading…