was to watch the movements of the enemy carefully, and as far as possible to prevent raiding or scouting parties of the Federals
from penetrating into the interior.
Gov. John Milton
was very much opposed to the raising of cavalry commands for the defense of Florida
, insisting that nothing but artillery and infantry were needed for the defense of that State.
The executive council of the State
passed a resolution requesting the governor to correspond with the President
as to the necessity of the regiment being converted into an infantry regiment and being kept in the State
for its defense.
On March 25, 1862, Colonel Davis
and his regiment were ordered to report to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
, and were assigned to east Tennessee
, where they were kept busy watching the movements of the enemy, scouting and overawing the disaffected in that part of the Confederacy
On November 4, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general and was placed in command of the department of East Tennessee
His brigade embraced the First Florida cavalry, the Sixth and Seventh Florida infantry and Martin
's light battery.
His scene of operations was a wild and difficult mountain region throughout which were people disaffected toward the Confederacy
It was necessary to control and at the same time to use much discretion in dealing with them.
So the task of a department commander in that section was a very difficult one.
During the time in which he exercised command his department was quite free from the presence of Federal troops.
On the 5th of May, 1863, he resigned his commission and retired from the military service of the Confederate States
Brigadier-General Joseph Finegan
, a prominent lawyer and statesman in Florida
before the war, was early in 1861 placed by Gov. John Milton
at the head of military affairs in the State
He was commissioned brigadier-general on April 5, 1862, and from the 8th of that month until the battle of Olustee
commanded the department