Plant City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Co. B 1st Battalion Fl. Special Cavalry C. S. A.
Plant City Chapter #1931
United Daughters of the Confederacy
November 17, 2007
1st Lt. William Benton Henderson - 1st Lt. Daniel Sloan,
2nd Lt. William Platt - 2nd Lt. Milton Johnson,
2nd Lt. Thomas William Wilder
1st Sgt. A. P. Hampton - 2nd Sgt. Enoch E. Mizell
3rd Sgt. S. L. Hancock - 4th Sgt. Edward Gross Wilder
Surgeon W.A. Lively
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Erected 2007 by Plant City Chapter #1931, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 28° 1.179′ N, 82° 7.444′ W. Marker is in Plant City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North Collins Street and East Gilchrist Street, on the left when traveling north on North Collins Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 North Collins Street, Plant City FL 33566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plant City High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Plant City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plant City Union Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bealsville (approx. 5.9 miles away); Glover School (approx. 6 miles away); 320th Bombardment Group (M) (approx. 6.9 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 10.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plant City.
More about this marker. The Cow Cavalry Memorial is a monument of polished granite in a skewed cube-shape, with
The memorial is located on the grounds of the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, a former public school facility that has been re-purposed to house community and neighborhood programs and events. The center is home to the East Hillsborough Historical Society, which maintains a local history museum and genealogical archives there. The modified Georgian Revival-style building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, listed as "Plant City High School" (# 81000194). The building is also a Contributing Structure within the North Plant City Residential District (a National Historic District).
Regarding Cow Cavalry. Cattle roamed wild and abundant across Florida during the state's early frontier history. These were not native animals, having been introduced by the Spanish during the colonial period; but they had well-adapted to a feral existence in the many years since.
The Confederate government identified Florida's herds as a vital resource in supplying their armies with food.
With Confederate armies slowly being starved, authorities in Florida decided to take action, forming special cowboy units to guard this supply of food for the front-lines. In all, nine companies with about 900 men formed "The Cow Cavalry", 1st Battalion Florida, Special Cavalry. They protected the herds from Federal raiders and rustlers and oversaw massive cattle drives going as far north as Savannah and Charleston.
One of the companies was Capt. John T. Lesleys Co. B 1st Battalion, Florida Special Cavalry, from Hillsborough County. Stationed in Ichepucksassa, a small settlement which would in later decades help to form Plant City, the company patrolled an area from Lake Okeechobee to Hernando County.
An interesting postscript regarding the post-war career of John T. Lesley is that in 1869, he was elected the 12th Mayor of the City of Tampa. Lesley ran on a single platform that Tampas charter should be revoked by the state legislature due to the Citys destitute post-war condition and financial status. After seven months in office, Mayor Lesley was successful and the City's charter was lost. Subsequently,
Also see . . .
1. Photos from the dedication and unveiling of the Cow Cavalry Memorial. Gallery from the Plant City U.D.C. Chapter website (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. "Cracker" - The Story of Florida's Confederate Cow Cavalry. article by William Russell (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Animals • War, US Civil •
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