|William J. Daniel was a member of the Cambellton Cavalry|
He is buried at Campbellton Baptist Church.
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Soldiers and officers from both North and South enlisted and fought for a variety of reasons in 1861-1865, but the men and boys of the Campbellton Cavalry fought for one reason and one reason only - to defend their homes and families.
|Spring Hill United Methodist Church|
Established in 1897 at Spring Hill near Campbellton.
At Spring Hill, just southwest of Campbellton, a group of around 30 local men and boys gathered in May 1864 to form a volunteer unit that they dubbed the Campbellton Cavalry. They came from as far south as present-day Cottondale and as far east as modern Malone, although most lived in the area from Campbellton to Holmes Creek.
|F.B. Callaway served with the Campbellton Cavalry|
He is buried at Campbellton Baptist Church
That distinction went to a plantation owner named A.R. Godwin. A well-known resident of Jackson County, he was respected and trusted by his friends and neighbors, had served as a justice of the peace and was a member of the county grand jury on at least one occasion.
|A reenactor armed with a shotgun prepares to fire.|
From the documentary The Battle of Marianna, Florida to be released 9/27.
Most of them carried the percussion lock shotguns that were so common in Jackson County homes of that age. While designed for hunting, these smoothbore guns were easy to load and could be fired accurately from horseback.
For the first few months of its existence, the Campbellton Cavalry did not do much actual duty. Some of the men wrote later in their pension applications that they guarded creek crossings and occasionally responded to reports of deserter activity. There is no indication that they came under fire prior to the Marianna Raid.
|Interpretive kiosk at Campbellton Baptist Church|
includes information on the Campbellton Cavalry.
All three companies would fight against the Union troops that attacked Jackson and Washington Counties on September 26-28, 1864. The role of the Campbellton men in defending Jackson County during Marianna Raid will be discussed in future articles of this series.
No original roster of the Campbellton Cavalry has been found and only a partial list of its members can be reassembled from original accounts and later pension records:
Men of the Campbellton Cavalry
Alexander R. Godwin, Captain
William A. Abercrombie
Spencer Lamb (also given as Lamb Spencer)
Jasper Newton Williams
If you had an ancestor that served in the Campbellton Cavalry and do not see them listed here, please let me know by leaving a comment. I hope to identify as many of the men as possible before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna on September 27, 2014.