Historical Inventory of Hamilton County, FL


John Quincy Stewart

Captain John Quincy Stewart, Company C, 2nd Florida Battalion

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John Quincy Stewart was born March 22, 1832, in Jasper, Florida. Prior to the Civil War, he spent his life in Hamilton County. For an occupation, he practiced as a merchant/businessman. In the years 1860-1861, he found himself as a state level politician, representing Hamilton County in the Florida Legislature (Civil War Florida).

It appears that Stewart was first involved in the establishment of Company I, Jasper or Hamilton County Blues. This Company joined the Confederacy and the Army of Norther Virginia in July 1861 (Civil War Florida). Stewart appeared on a muster roll dated May 30, 1861 as 1st Lieutenant in Company I, 2nd Florida Infantry. However, his enlistment date isn’t shown until June 4, 1861. The date he was mustered into the Company is shown as July 13, 1861. The reason for the discrepancy in the dates is not known, although it could be due to the joining of the Army of Northern Virginia. Stewart enlisted in Jasper as a 1st Lieutentan in Company I, 2nd Florida Infantry. He then resigned from Company I on May 10, 1862, due to reorganization, according to the muster roll (Soldiers of Florida). Neither John Stewart nor his brother, Henry, participated with Company I throughout the war, as both were elected out of the unit (Civil War Florida).

Later, Stewart enlisted in the service again, on August 2, 1862, in Jasper. This time he was enlisted as a Captain in Company C, 2nd Florida Battalion. After a short stint, he was furloughed to Stockton, Georgia on August 23, 1864. Then, on December 18, 1864, he was reported as AWOL, and shown as absent from that time until January 31, 1865, when he submitted his resignation due to ill health. His resignation was approved on March 7, 1865 (Civil War Florida).

John Quncy Stewart married Catherine Johnson during the month of December 1865, although the exact date is not known. It is not clear whether he married Catherine in Hamilton County or in Brevard County (Civil War Florida).

Following the war, Stewart lived in Brevard County, and served as a politician at both the state and local levels. He represented Brevard County in the Florida House of Representatives and served as the Sheriff and Tax Collector of Brevard County at the local level (Civil War Florida)

He died on February 16, 1895, at the age of 63, and was buried in Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida. The exact date of interment is not known, although it approximated as February 18, 1895 (Civil War Florida).

On the muster roll for Company H – 10th Florida Infantry, he is listed simply as “Captain John Q. Stewart” (Civil War Florida). However, I have found no other records as of yet putting him in this company.

Finally, on the Civil War Florida website, it stated that John Quincy Stewart was a member of the United Confederate Veteran (UCV) Camp #47 (Civil War Florida). Upon many searches, I was unable to find any additional information to confirm this statement or to add to it.

References:

Florida Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian-Civil and Spanish-American Wars, p. 93. Live Oak, FL: Democrat Book and Job Print, 1903. This version courtesy of FSU Digital Library Center’s EBIND Digital Collections . Retrieved from: http://www.civilwarflorida.com/site/sources/sof/show_sof_page.php?sofPageREF=94.

Florida Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian-Civil and Spanish-American Wars, p. 231. Live Oak, FL: Democrat Book and Job Print, 1903. This version courtesy of FSU Digital Library Center’s EBIND Digital Collections) Retrieved from: http://www.civilwarflorida.com/site/sources/sof/show_sof_page.php?sofPageREF=232.

John Quincy Stewart: Image Details and Discussion. Credit: Tony Tuten, Jasper, Florida. Retrieved from: http://www.civilwarflorida.com/site/sources/images/show_image.php?imageREF=219.

Tuten, Tony: Much of the information obtained from Civil War Florida was originally submitted by Tony Tuten.
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