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Gamble mansion was hideout for Confederate official

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Title:
Gamble mansion was hideout for Confederate official
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Mansions -- Florida -- Ellenton   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Ellenton (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Gamble mansion in Ellenton and Judah P. Benjamin's visit there in 1865.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 15, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221102
oclc - 647972528
usfldc doi - D33-0047
usfldc handle - d33.47
System ID:
SFS0000428:00001


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d18 GAMBLE MANSION WAS HIDEOUT FOR CONFEDERATE OFFICIAL By HAMPTON DUNN ELLENTON --The Stars and Bars of the Confederacy flies on one flag pole and the Stars and Stripes of Old Glory flies on a twin pole at the Gamble Mansion here, just a block off U. S. 3 01. This handsome sugar plantation home, featuring 18 columns sup porting wide double verandahs on three sides, was built in the second half of the 1840s by a bachelor banker and soldier, Robert Gamble. The structure utilized "tabby" material, consisting of burned oyster shells, sand and cane syrup used as a binder. Some ruins of the old sugar mill also are on the grounds. At one time the plantation con tained 3500 acres. Major Gamble went broke in the panic of 185 7 and the mansion changed hands. During the Civil War it was occupied by Capt. Archi bald McNeil, who was a Confederate commisary agent, and family. A distinguished visitor traveling under an alias arrived at the mansion in May, 1865, and asked for lodging. He was Judah P. Benja min, Secretary of State of the Confederacy. Benjamin and President Jefferson Davis had left Richmond on April 2 wirh the intention of re establishing the Confederate government west of the Mississippi. But the party of officials split up when the hopelessness of their ca use became apparent. They then hoped to escape to the West Indies via the Florida West Coast. There was a $50, 000 reward offered for Benjamin's capture. Fed eral gunboats arrived in the area and the Gamble Mansion was raided. Benjamin escaped disguised a s a Negro cook and slipped on board a small sloop and wound up in England.

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