Secession and civil war filled the air along with the blossoms of spring in Florida and the rest of the rebellious South in 1861. Florida’s membership in the new Confederate States of America augmented southern leader’s confidence in the region’s basic agricultural strength. It was well known that antebellum Florida possessed large numbers of beef cattle, which in an emergency could feed thousands of rebel soldiers. Florida beef would figure prominently in Confederate logistics, but could never meet the high expectations placed upon it by the government.
Taylor, Robert A.
"Cow Cavalry: Munnerlyn's Battalion in Florida, 1864-1865,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 65:
2, Article 6.
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