I remember reading something years ago which stuck in my mind. I am not even certain it is an accurate quote but probably not possible to tell for certain. The statement was by Robert E. Lee.
Anyway he said that he preferred troops from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. I thought that was a particularly high compliment since he was a Virginian.
Something which tends to back that up is a letter from a South Carolina soldier. He wrote his wife that all the Richmond papers were giving the Virginians credit for a victory when it was the Florida Brigade which actually won the battle and did the hardest fighting.
Texans “Lee’s favorite shock-troops”
“There never were such men in an army before. They will go anywhere and do anything if properly led.” - ( General Robert E. Lee in a letter to General John Bell Hood, May 21, 1863)
One of his aides approached him and saluted, and Lee asked if all the commands were ready for the advance. “none but the Texas Brigade, General.” said the aide. “The Texas Brigade is ALWAYS ready,” commented Lee.
The Texas Brigade was to Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) what the Old Guard was to Napoleon and the Imperial Army of France. First in advance. Shock troops in battle. The rear guard in retreat.
Remember when Robert E. Lee mentioned Florida, it was populated by native Floridians.
Now with all the Northern Yankee snowbird trash and Obama twins that have taken over the State General Lee would have to leave Florida out.