Re: 2nd Florida U.S. Cavalry
Amos L. Rhodes enlisted in Company E of the 2nd Florida U.S. Cavalry at St. Andrew Bay (today's Panama City) in June of 1864. He did not stay with the regiment long, as he is shown as having deserted from his regiment in August of the same year. I'm not sure if he returned. Unless he did and somehow worked out an arrangement with the officers of his regiment, he would not have been eligible for a pension.
St. Andrew Bay was a major recruiting point for the 2nd Florida. There were large groups of refugees and deserters hiding in the swamps and woods around the bay. Only one community of any size existed in the bay area at that time and it had been burned by that point of the war.