Front (northeast) face of monument
CO. B 1ST BATTALION FL. SPECIAL CAVALRY C.S.A.
1863 - 1865
PLANT CITY CHAPTER #1931
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY
NOVEMBER 17, 2007
By 1863 the Confederate army was suffering severe food shortages. Capt. John T. Lesley was commissioned to recruit from Ichepuckssa (cork area of Plant City) a company of pioneer men to round up and drive the wild cattle of Florida north to the railroad stations. Many were too young or too old for regular military service. With great effort, along with 8 other companies in Florida, these men successfully completed their mission overseeing drives as far north as Charleston.
(Photo by William Lees, FPAN, May 2011)
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