In 1998 the Plant City Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy embarked on a major project - the erection and dedication of a monument to the pioneer cowmen of Florida who served in the War Between the States.

To our knowledge, there is no monument to the service of these men, who performed a vital role of home defense and protecting the supply line from Florida to the War - the 'breadbasket' of the Confederacy.

Plans are underway for the erection of a monument to their service, particularly the John T. Lesley's Company who operated out of Eastern Hillsborough County, specifically, Cork, Florida.

The artist for the project is Michael Bethune, the respected artist of the John T. Lesley Camp, SCV, and professional artist.  His initial design (shown below) allows for a granite monument with a bronze relief emblem with a pictoral tribute to the Cow Cavalry.  The granite block will allow for memoralization of contributors and  members of the Company.

As of January 2003, approximately $2,000 has been raised for the monument, and several sites are under consideration.  For the past three years, proceeds from the Chapter's ball has been set aside for the project, and individual contributions are being accepted.

This is a major project and much support will be required to complete it.  With your help it will be a success.  For more information contact any of the Chapter officers (see home page).