Sunny South Guards

Military Flag Presentation Ceremony


The following Florida Veteran is being honored in this project:

PRIVATE HIRAM Archibald mcleod - WIA (Amputee)

Age at enlistment: 25

Born: 10 June, 1836 in Thomas County, GA

Parents:  Unknown

Died:  Unknown

Final Resting Place:  Unknown

Enlisted August 1861 in Tampa.  He received an injury to the side at the Missionary Ridge and had kidney damage.   He was appointed 2nd Sgt 6/10/1862.  Following the Battle of Missionary Ridge in 1863 he was transferred to the CS Navy under commanding officer Navy Captain Carr on 9 January, 1864 as he was unable to travel. 

He was injured at Fort Fisher in 1864 when a shell hit his right ankle and another his right arm.  He was Honorably discharged due to wounds received in battle December 10, 1864 at Wilmington, NC.
  He was never captured, never a prisoner of war, never exchanged or paroled.

After the Confederate Capital at Richmond was captured and President Davis and his Cabinet were being pursued with bounties on their heads, Archibald McLeod played a role in helping Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin escape through present day Manatee County, hiding out at Gamble Mansion (present day Florida State Park and Judah P. Benjamin Memorial) and helping him make safe passage to Bimini.

Younger brother Henry McLeod also served in the Guards.


 "When the war broke out in 1861 I was in Cuba on a fishing smack, but came home to Florida at once and enlisted."  

He returned to Florida: "... limping, with a wounded right arm, a shattered ankle, a bullet lodged behind one kidney, and part of his left leg missing--blown away at the Battle of Murfreesboro."

Soon after the War, he and sea Captain Tresca successfully transported former Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin to the British Bahamas to avoid arrest from Gamble Mansion on the Manatee River.

 He resided in Texas in 1870 and commented on Murfreesboro: "We thought we had 'em whipped but for some reason we finally had to fall back.  I always will believe we had them whipped though."

He received a Florida Confederate Veteran's Pension #A05102

A 1900 census shows him living in Brazoria County, Texas making a living working on a ranch.

He was also a United Confederate Veteran Camp member having joined Camp #1489 E.A. Perry, in Manatee County, Florida


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