`Best Men in Florida' Sought for Artillery Unit

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Forty men of 138 needed were signed up for a Jacksonville artillery battery, The Florida Times-Union reported.

Names of the principals were not required at this point. Nor were requirements for membership, the newspaper said.

The battery of light artillery would comprise "leading young businessmen of the community."

"The movement was started several weeks ago," the newspaper said.

More than 40 of the necessary 138 men have been secured."

The Times-Union said Florida had never had any field artillery.

"Those behind the movement are seeking only those who measure up to certain qualifications decided upon, and when the organization is complete, it will comprise some of the best men in Florida, it is said."

The light artillery battery was only part of what Uncle Sam expected of citizen soldiery in Florida.

One regiment of infantry, one battery of field artillery, one troop of cavalry and 11 companies of coast artillery would be expected of the state if the National Guard were called to service, the newspaper said.

The Jacksonville battery was to include one captain, two first lieutenants, two second lieutenants, one first sergeant, one quartermaster sergeant, one stable sergeant, one chief mechanic, four mechanics, two musicians, three cooks, six sergeants, 10 corporals, 42 drivers, 57 cannoneers, two scouts, one signal man and two privates. …

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