Sunny South Guards

Military Flag Presentation Ceremony


The following Florida Veteran is being honored in this project:


Age at enlistment: 37

Born: 11 July 1825 in Lowndes County, Georgia

Died: 14 July, 1893 Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida

Final Resting Place: Fort Myers Cemetery, Fort Myers, Florida

Married:  (1) Jensie Alderman 10 January, 1842 in Thomas County, Georgia;  (2) Vianna Clardy Watts 2 December, 1853 in Hamilton County, Florida; (3) Jane Louise Brown Mansfield 9 January, 1866 in Bartow, Polk County, Florida.

Attributes:  and 6', grey eyes, dark skin, black hair.


Lived in Tampa and served in Captain Durrance's Company during the Seminole War of 1856.

He enlisted 6/6/1861 at Tampa and was not reappointed 3rd Sgt. on6/10/1862.  He appears as 3rd Lt.  in late 1862.   Sent to Florida to gather recruits and conscripts in June/July 1863.  He led the company at Chickamauga 9/20/1863. He was promoted 1st Lt.  Nov. 1863.  Reported Missing in Action and then as a Prisoner of War captured 25 November 1863 at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee.  Had been wounded in the right arm and was hospitalized.   Forwarded to Louisville, Kentucky 4 December 1863.   He was sent to Johnson's Island POW Camp where he was released on taking the Oath on 6/11/1865, two months after War's end.


Returned after the War to Florida, where he made a living as a cattleman and a 1890 Census for Florida lists him as a Council man of Fort Myers, and was on of the pioneer settlers of Fort Myers, Florida.

He received a Florida Confederate pension #A12109

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Special Thanks to Aimee Gilmore for the research for this Hall of Honor