Private St. Johns Le Boudrias DeLaunay was born ca. 1841.
[St. John was the younger brother of Alfonso Delaunay. Alfonso DeLaunay was the son of a Revolutionary War veteran and studied law before moving from Virginia to to Tampa in 1848. He worked as the manager of the Palmer House Hotel and became active in local politics. DeLaunay was also Tampa's first postmaster and served from 1852 through 1860. On December 6, 1856, DeLaunay was appointed mayor by the council to complete the remainder of Lancaster's term of office. He replaced Acting Mayor, Darwin Austin Branch who had served eleven days before resigning as mayor. DeLaunay served as mayor for slightly over two months during which he attempted to manage the influx of local settlers coming into Tampa to escape attacks by the Seminoles during the Third Seminole War (1855-1858) and the State Legislature's demand that Tampa supply more recruits for the war. Concurrently, DeLaunay guided the transition of the city's administration to conform to the procedures established by the Legislative Act of December 15, 1855. After losing to Darwin Branch in the next election, DeLaunay returned to his position as Postmaster of Tampa. In 1858, he also became editor for the local newspaper, Florida Peninsular but resigned in early 1860 to found the Sunny South newspaper with his brother. The first issue of this newspaper appeared on January 29, 1861. A strong supporter of secession, DeLaunay served as a Hillsborough County delegate to the Florida Convention which voted overwhelmingly for secession. In early 1861, the Confederate government appointed DeLaunay, Postmaster and Deputy Inspector of Customs for the Port of Tampa, and he served in both capacities throughout the Civil War. The publication of his newspaper, Sunny South stopped shortly after the outbreak of war and the printing presses and other related equipment moved to the interior to prevent their confiscation by Union troops.]
Ref “City of Tampa”, http://www.tampagov.net/city-clerk/info/previous-mayors/delaunay-alfonso-j
He first appears on a Regimental Return of Company C, 5th Florida Infantry Regiment for the month of April, 1862; he is document as being discharged on April 8th, 1862 (location and reason not given).
He mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war. He was reported present on all rolls until October 17th, 1863, when he was detailed to drive beef cattle from Tampa, Florida. There is no further record of service after this date.
After the war, he was a member of Hillsborough Camp #1, United Confederate Veteran in 1891. He died in Hillsborough County, Florida in 1903.