Hi Kirk, Thanks for your reply, we have already had the SCV honor service in May 2006,, this is a part of the info that I was able to collect for the program If you would like to add some more info to this, we would appreciate it, we plan on giving these small biographies on all the soldiers that are being honored by the SCV, to the museum in Zolfo Spgs. ...Evelyn
Benjamin Alderman was born December 1847 in Florida He died 1914 in Fort Green, Desoto County, Florida. He was the son of Matthew Alderman and his 1st wife, Caroline Sloan. Benjamin's grandfather, James Alderman is recognized to be the first person,to settle in the area just south of the Alafia River in Hillsborough County.
On November 24, 1860, people from Hillsborough County, met at Alafia and recommended that the State of Florida Secede from the Union. James Alderman, Benjamin’s grandfather was among those who signed the petition. Benjamin married Dorinda Payne in 1869. She was the daughter of Joseph Payne and Martha Smith Benjamin served the Confederacy in Col. C.J. Munnerlyn's Battalion. (The Company’s were known as Florida’s “Cow Cavalry”) He enlisted at Tampa in Captain John Lesley's Company B. and later was transferred to Captain John Parson's company and remained there till the end of the war. At that time he returned home, married and raised a family. On his pension affidavit, he stated that he owned 70 acres in Fort Green, forty cattle and three horses.