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John Jackson Dickison  

Captain J.J Dickison, 2nd Florida Cavalry, was Florida's equivalent during the Civil War to Virginias celebrated partisan John Mosby, or to Kentucky's John Hunt Morgan. It was Dickison and his small band of soldiers who almost single-handedly kept Florida's interior from falling under Union control. Using the states natural terrain for cover and employing modern guerrilla tactics, he inspired such fear and respect in his northern enemies that Federal forces rarely ventured west of the St.Johns river in central and north Florida. This land became known as "Dixie-land", a play on his last name, and he became known to all as the "Swamp Fox of the Confederacy".