My question is that, by default, FreeBSD has sendmail up and running. I seem to vaguely remember that there were a few extra steps that were needed to remove and install postfix correctly.
yes, there is. in /etc/rc.conf, disable sedmail by including this line:

this will disable sendmail's incoming and outgoing mailing functions.

once you have postfix installed, my personal preference is to symlink /usr/local/sbin/postfix to /usr/local/etc/rc.d/postfix (postfix binary accepts start/stop args in compliance with freebsd's rc architecture) rather than using the rc.conf to start postfix at boot time. you can use rc.conf by enabling sendmail but with different startup flags. during postfix port installation, you'll be prompted for the correct usage. the former method is perhaps more cleaner and less convoluting.

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