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Segui-Kirby Smith House


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Constructed in the late 1700s by Bernardo Segui, this was the childhood home of Edmund Kirby Smith, a West Point graduate and the last Confederate general to surrender his command, who was born here in May 1824. In early 1863, Union authorities exiled the general's mother, Frances Kirby Smith, from the city for spying, and she relocated to Madison. A research library, which includes Civil War period archives, is now maintained at this site by the St. Augustine Historical Society. The collection is open to the public for research and is composed of files and books on Florida history, including those on the Civil War period and the Kirby Smith family. There are two bronze statues in the garden of General Kirby Smith and a plaque inside commemorating its famous former resident.

  • Designation:
  • Civil War Heritage Trail,
  • Viva:
  • Historic Sites & Monuments,

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