1st Battalion Florida Special Cavalry "Munnerlyn's Battalion" <BGSOUND SRC="http://www.oocities.com/yes_album/cow2.wav">
1st Battalion Florida Special Cavalry



Staff Officers:
Major Charles J. Munnerlyn (promoted Lt. Colonel 12-64),   Captain William Footman (promoted Major 12-64), Captain/Quartermaster James McKay, Jr.

Organized:
Authorized by the War Department, March 28, 1864,
with authority granted to C. J. Munnerlyn, July 7, 1864, to organize the Battalion

Surrendered:
Several companies surrendered in May 1865; the battalion was
formally surrendered on June 5, 1865

Official Name:
1st Battalion Florida Special Cavalry

Confederate Nicknames:
Cattle Battalion, Cow Cavalry,  Commissary Battalion, or Munnerlyn's Battalion

Yankee Nicknames for Battalion:
Guerillas, Rebels, Rebs and Cowboys

Companies:
9 Companies

Strength:
Approximately 800 men

Duties:
Protection of Florida cattle herds from the roving bands of deserters and Union sympathizers; driving beef cattle north to the commissary depots to feed the Confederate Army; rounding up deserters; checking the nuisance raids conducted by Union troops garrisoned at Fort Myers; assisting with scouting and picket duty; assisting the blockade running operations, protection of the Salt Works

Battles and skirmishes:
Bowlegs Creek, April 7, 1864; Fort Meade area, May 1864; Brooksville area,  July 1864; Fort Myers area, August 1864; Rocky Point near Tampa, December 3, 1864;  Cedar Keys, February 13, 1865; Fort Myers, February 20, 1865

Final Act of Confederate Patriotism:
In June 1865, Lt. Col. Munnerlyn, Capt. Leroy G. Lesley, Capt. John T. Lesley, Capt. James McKay, Sr., and Major John A. McKay assisted C.S.A. Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin in his escape from Florida
OVERVIEW
March 1864-June 1865
David Bamford received a B.A. in Political Science in 1994 and a M.P.A. in Public Administration in 1998 from North Carolina State University. He is a descendant of the following Confederate Soldiers:

2nd & 3rd Great Grandfathers

4th Sgt. Edward Gross Wilder, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Chaplain Laban Christopher Chappell, Co. F, 12th SC Infantry
(see photo)
Pvt. John McDuffy Mooneyham, Co. D, 15th SC Infantry

2nd & 3rd Great Granduncles

Corporal Frank Y. Kirk, Co. F, 23rd SC Infantry
Pvt. Thomas Hopkins Wilder, Co. K, 4th FL Infantry;  Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
2nd Sgt. John William Wilder, Co. K, 4th FL Infantry (died a POW at Camp Chase Prison 10/16/64)
Pvt. Andrew J. Wilder, Co. I, 9th FL Infantry (killed in action at Petersburg 9/21/64)
Captain Francis Asbury Hendry, Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
2nd Lt. George Washington Hendry, Co. E, 7th FL Infantry;  Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. Albert J. Hendry, Co. E, 7th FL Infantry;  Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
1st Lt. William Marion Hendry, Co. K, 1st FL Cavalry; Capt. Parsons' Co., 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. Oscar Fitzland Chappell, Co. F, 12th SC Infantry
(see photo)
Kyle VanLandingham received a B.A. in Political Science in 1973 from Maryville College and a J.D. in 1976 from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.  He is a past president of the Tampa Historical Society and was editor of its journal, The Sunland Tribune, 1991-97.  He is a descendant of the following Confederate Soldiers:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Great Grandfathers

Pvt. William Alderman, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. John Henry Hollingsworth, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Captain Streaty Parker, The Hickory Boys, FL Mtd. Vols;  Pvt., Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Sgt. Peter Vanlandingham, Decatur Squadron, 11th GA Cavalry, State Guards; 12th Regiment, GA Militia
Chaplain William Marion Watts, Liberty Co. Guards, GA
William Brinton Hooker, The Silver Grays, 1861,Tampa, FL

1st and 2nd Great Granduncles

Pvt. Matthew Alderman, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL. Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. Mitchell Alderman, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. Timothy Alderman, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. William W. Willingham, Co. K, 8th Fl Infantry (wounded at Gettysburg, 7/2/63);  Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Major Nathan Snow Blount, 7th FL Infantry
Pvt. Jehu Jacob Blount, Co. E, 7th FL Infantry;  Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. Owen R. Blount, Co. E, 7th FL Infantry;  Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. Riley Readding Blount, Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. Jacob Simeon Hollingsworth, Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. Stephen Thomas Hollingsworth, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
(see photo)
Pvt. Timothy Hollingsworth, Co. B, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. William R. Hollingsworth, Co. A, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. James Newton Hooker, Co. C, 1st Btn., FL Spec. Cavalry
Pvt. Henry L. Parker, Co. B, 5th FL Infantry
Lt. Col. John Parker, 20th Regiment, FL Militia
Captain Edward Asbury Vanlandingham, 12th Regiment, GA Militia
3rd Sgt. John Vanlandingham,  Scarborough's Dixie Blues, FL Home Guards
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SITE CONTRIBUTORS
"Munnerlyn's Cattle Guard Battalion" C.S.A.
Native Florida Scrub Cattle
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Kyle S. VanLandingham    email: idideas@netzero.com
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