3rd Lieutenant Hugh Black was born in Gadsden County on June 28, 1835 as the son of James Black.
He served in the Everglades in the third Seminole War (1855-58) as a Sergeant with Captain Parkhill’s Company of Florida Mounted Volunteers from 29 July, 1857 to 29 January, 1858. He was then described as being 6’ tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.
Hugh married Mary Ann Harvey of Leon County in 1860. They moved to Liberty County and he became the tax assessor there. He is also identified as a farmer, owning real estate in the value of $1,000, and a personal worth of $675.
Hugh enlisted for state service on September 4th, 1861 with Captain Wilk Call’s Concordia Infantry, and was appointed 1st Lieutenant.
He reenlisted into Confederate service on March 12, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida and was appointed as 3rd Lieutenant. He was stationed at Rico’s Bluff and was with the company from its departure from Florida until July 8th, 1863 when he served as a member of a Regimental Court Martial.
He returned to the campany at the conclusion of that duty, and was present with it until he was wounded in in right elbow and hand at Chickamauga, Georgia on September 19th, 1863. He was hospitalized at Columbus, Georgia shortly thereafter.
Despite his wounding and hospitalization, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on November 5, 1863. He received a furlough to Florida on December 25th, 1863 for 30 days. He returned to the company sometime after February 1864.
He became ill in August, 1864. He retired October 19th, 1864, and was assigned to Reserve Forces Florida by S.O. 250 dated October 21st, 1864.
He surrendered at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida on May 10, 1865. After the war, he lived at Fort Braden and was Clerk of the State Legislature, a Leon County Commissioner, and a Leon County School teacher. Lieutenant Black applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on May 12, 1915 and is interred at Fort Braden Cemetery, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida.