|The monument is located along King Street and Cordova on the west lawn of the Government House.
It's base is a two step.
William Wing Loring was born in Wilmington, N. C. December 4, 1818 to Ruben and Hannah
(Kenan) Loring. In the 1820s he became a resident of the new territory of Florida. At 14 he was
involved in the Seminole War Florida Militia in the 11th Regiment 2nd Brigade advancing to a 2nd
Lieutenant on June 16, 1837. His nickname was "boy soldier." When he was 17 he ran away to fight
in the Texas War for Independence but his father caught up with him and brought him back. He went
to the Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria Virginia and Georgetown University in D. C. He
studied law and worked in the law office of territorial representative David Levy Yulee.and was
admitted in 1842 to the Florida Bar. He ran for and was elected to the Florida State legislature and
served for three years. In 1845 he ran for the Florida Senate but lost.
From St. Augustine Patrols
State of Florida
City of St. Augustine
To Francis P Ferreira, Sheriff of the County of St. Johns
In the name and by the authority of the State of Florida, you are hereby commanded that you arrest,
Brigadier Genl William J Worth and him forwith bring before me at my office in the City of St.
Augustine to answer the complaints of William W. Loring charging him the said William J. Worth with
an assault and battery upon him he said William Loring whilst in the discharge of his official duties as
one of the patrol on the night of the 20th inst.
Given under my hand at the City of St. Augustine the 21st day of August 1845.
E B Gould, Mayor
City of St. Augustine
In 1846 he joined the newly formed Mounted Rifleman that was orignally supposed to see duty in
Oregon. The regiment was sent to Mexico where it lost its horses at sea. In the Mexican War he
served under General Scott and participated in all of Scott's battles. He was a captain of Mounted
Rifleman. He was breveted twice in the Mexican War and wounded at both Churubusco and
Chapultepec where he lost his left arm in the battle to take the gate of Mexico City at Castle of
Chapultepec,. For gallant conduct he was breveted Lieutenant-Colonel then to Colonel.
In 1849 the one-armed Major led the Mounted Riflemen on the longest overland trek made by any
U.S. Army unit, and he was military commander for the territory of Oregon and Washington. Loring
spent eight years with the U.S. Army in the "wild west" where he became the youngest full Colonel in
the U.S. Army at that time.
In 1852 Loring and the Rifles were sent to help guard Texas. In 1856 Loring became the youngest line
colonel in the history of the army. The following year he and the Rifles were transferred to New
Mexico, where they took part in operations against the Apaches and played a brief part in the Mormon
In 1859 Loring embarked on a lengthy journey to Europe and Egypt to study military tactics. In March
1861 he was named commander of the Department of New Mexico, but at the start of the Civil War
he resigned his commission in Santa Fe on May 13.
His Confederate assignments included: brigadier general, CSA (May 20, 186 1); commanding
Army of the Northwest July 20-August 3, 1861 and October 1861February 9, 1862); commanding
brigade, Army of the Northwest (August 3-October 1861); major general, CSA (February 17,
1862); commanding Department of Southwestern Virginia (May 8-October 16, 1862); commanding
division, 2nd Military District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (ca. January-April
1863); commanding division, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana (April-May 16, 1863);
commanding division, Department of the West (May 16-July 1863); commanding division,
Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana July 1863-January 28, 1864); commanding division,
Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana January 28-May 4, 1864); commanding
division, Polk's (Army of Mississippi)-Stewart's Corps, Army of Tennessee (May 4-June 14, June
14-July 28, 1864, September 1864-ca. March 1865, and April 9-26, 1865); and temporarily
commanding the corps June 14, 1864).
After the war he served 10 years as a General in Egypt. He wrote and published a book, A
Confederate Soldier in Egypt, about his experiences. Another book which contains his journal from
his western adventures was published long after his death entitled The March of the Mounted
The first funeral service took place in New York. His body was placed in the receiving vault of the
Marble Cemetery on Second-avenue and Second-street untill the family would decide to bury him
in either Gainesville or St. Augustine Florida. Col. J. Hanson Thomas went to Florida to speak to
The funeral services were held at Grace Church in New York. The casket was clothed in a full
dress suit. The body lay in state in the ladies' parlor of the St. Denis Hotel where General Loring
stayed while he was in New York. The most striking floral emblem was a cavalry sword upon a
cushion of ivy, presented by Col. J. R. Ogden, Col. J. Hanson Thomas and Major Henry Robinson,
the sole survivors of General Loring's Confederate staff.
The body was met at the church by Rev. Dr. Huntingdon, the Rector of the church and Rev. Mr.
Buford, an old friend and companion-in-arms of Gen. Loring. The first mourner was James, the
African-American body servent who attended the General through his Mexican and western
campaigns until he entered the Confederate Army. The relatives who attended the funderal
included ex-Senator Spencer, of Alabama, Mrs. Herbert Royston, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Knight,
Charles Loring, Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle. The pall bearers were Major-Gen. J. M. Schofield, Gen. C.
M. Wilcox, Gen. R. J. Ingalls, Gen. Roger Smith, Gen. T. P. Dockery, Gen. John Newton, Gen.
Martin T. McMahon, Col. Chaille Long, Col. J. R. Ogden, Col. J. Hanson Thomas, J. L. Snead, Col.
W. G. Tallaferro, Col. G. T. Ferris, and Col. J. R. Sadler. Others who attended included Col. E. E.
McLean, Major Hancock Clark, C. C. Baldwin, former President of the Louisville and Nashville
Railroad Company; H. R. Duvall of the Florida Railway and Navigation Company, L. B. Zacharias,
of Baltimore; Olaf Rudelbeck, of New York; Major-Gen. J. B. Fry, the Rev. Charles F. Deems,
Major Henry Robinson, ex-Gov. John T. Hoffman, Baron von Weel, and Gen. Wilcox.
On the west side of the plaza you will find a monument to Confederate General William Wing
Loring. The Sons of the Confederacy Chapter in St. Augustine is named the William Wing Loring
Chapter. General Loring died in New York on December 30, 1886 and his ashes were buried at
Grace Episcopal church in New York. City Council in St. Augustine gave $100 toward moving him
back to St. Augustine and with the help of others the General's ashes arrived by train on March
17, 1887 and lay in an oak coffin in the Plaza, guarded day and night by sentries. He was laid to
rest first in Evergreen cemetery but was moved to the west side of the plaza in 1920.
In memory of a distinguished American solider, citizen of St. Augustine, Fla. Born December 4,
1818. Died December 30, 1885. His courage in battle was conspicuous; His devotion to duty
unfailing; His ability recognized by three governments. He commanded the first trans-continental
march; convoying to California, in safety an emigrant train of three hundred wagons through
pathless and hostile territory; an unsurpassed record, this memorial is erected by Anna Dummett
Chapter Daughters of the Confederacy, and friends; That the record of his life may be an
inspiration to American youth. 1920.
Confederate States Army 1861-1865
Brigadier General May 1861.
Major General February 1862.
Florida Troops 1832-1838:
"The Boy Soldier."
United States Army 1846-1861:
Captain, Major, Colonel.
The Loring Memorial Site for memorial given to Anna Dummett chapter, Daughters of the
Confederacy, inc. July 3, 1920. Re-interment of General Loring beneath this site
July 8, 1920. Obelisk erected July 13, 1920. Dedicated and unveiled December 30, 1920.
The State of Florida granted an appropriation to Anna Dummett Chapter Daughters of the
Confederacy, inc. to aid in completing this memorial May 24, 1921.
Bronze given by State Museum University of Florida
Egyptian Army 1869-1879
Fereek Pacha, highest military rank Egypt could give to a foreigner.
Commended to Khedive of Egypt by General U.S. Grant, U.S.A.
(Plaque at Base):
William Wing Loring
Hero of Four Wars - Fought under three flags - travler - author
born in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., North Carolina, Dec. 4, 1818.
Became a resident of Florida in 1825
Volunteer in Seminole Indian War in 1831
Second Lieutenant, Florida volunteers, June 16, 1837
Representative in Florida legislature 1842-1845
Admitted to the bar in 1842
United States Flag
Volunteer in U.S. Army in 1842
Captain of mounted riflemen in 1842
Lost left arm in battle at Mexico City in 1847
Lieutenant Colonel, mounted riflemen, March 15, 1848
Commander Department of Oregon in 1849
Escort of six hundred mule teams across western plains in 1849
Commander Department of Rio Grande in 1851
Colonel in 1856
Toured the old world in 1859-1860
Confederate States Flag
Brigadier General May 20, 1861
Major General in 1862
Banker in New York City 1866-1869
Grand Commander, the Osmanli, by the Khedive of Egypt, in 1869
Brigadier General Lewan Pacha, in 1869
Inspector General in 1870
Commander-in-chief of Army and Navy in 1870
Fereek Pacha, highest military grade in Egypt and Turkey, Dec. 1, 1875
Grand officer the Medjidieh in 1875
Author of book on Egypt in 1884
Died in New York City, December 30, 1886
Buried at St. Augustine, Florida, March 18, 1887
Tablet placed at his grave, by the Florida State Museum,
May 5, 1920
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