Florida National Guard readies for First Muster 450th celebration ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2014) – When Spanish settlers laid the first stones for buildings in St. Augustine nearly 450… read more →
Photos of First Muster ceremony on Flickr Photostream ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2014) – The Florida National Guard celebrated nearly four-and-a-half centuries of military tradition in Florida yesterday, as… read more →
Ceremony to officially dedicate parade field as ‘Patriot Field WHAT: The Florida National Guard will celebrate the 449th anniversary of the first known muster of Citizen-Soldiers in the continental U.S.… read more →
What is a perfect National Guardsman? In the tradition of the Minuteman or Florida’s own Spanish Milicia, the perfect Guardsman must be a citizen engaged in the pursuits of a normal civilian life. He must also be a soldier, trained, equipped and willing to defend his nation from its enemies.
In 1898, the U.S. government asked Florida to provide one regiment of troops in twelve companies for service in the Spanish-American War. All 20 officially recognized companies of Florida State Troops volunteered.
Florida provided 15 general officers to the Confederate cause during the Civil War. some were, or had been, professional soldiers. Most were not.
The great majority of Florida’s soldiers saw active service in the Confederate cause beyond the state’s northern border. Nearly one half of all Floridians who served beyond the border never returned to their home state, or returned maimed.