"The Cow Cavalry" Company B, 1st Battalion Florida Special Cavalry, C.S.A.
"To protect the cattle drives and to provide protection to the settlers of Florida, "Cow Cavalry" or "Cattle Guard" was organized by Captain McKay in 1864 at the encouragement of the Confederate War Department. The "Cow Cavalry" units were veterans from earlier battles, ranchers, cowboys and settlers. Most were local and stayed in their communities where they could provide for their families. They came from Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee and Hernando Counties."