General Alfred Iverson came to Kissimmee about 1881, and lived here until he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910, where he subsequently died on March 31, 1911.The son of Alfred Iverson Sr., a US Congressman and US Senator, Alfred Jr., never sought public office but was one of the trustees of the county bonds that were issued to build the Osceola County Courthouse and was the only one of the trustees that served until the last bond was taken up.
He was a veteran of both the Mexican War and the War Between the States. In both wars, General Iverson distinguished himself for bravery in many battles, personally capturing the only Major-General taken during by the Confederates, General Stoneman.
In 1900 the General Alfred Iverson Camp of Confederate Veterans was formed in Kissimmee with a charter membership of 42.
A quote from his obituary in the Kissimmee Valley Gazette reads “While he was a stern disciplinarian, he never turned a deaf ear to the cares and sorrows of his soldiers, and was noted for his absolute fairness and justness in all matters either in his military or civil life. There was no commander in the army who was closer to his men or who was obeyed more willingly or freely; he never gave an order to charge but what he was in the lead. He fought his foes to the death, but his prisoners always received just and humane treatment.”
Born in Clinton, Jones County, GA on February 14, 1829, to Alfred Iverson Sr. and Julia Forsyth Iverson, Alfred Jr. was raised in Columbus, GA and Washington, DC. He dropped out of military school in Alabama in August of 1847 to serve in the Mexican War as a 2nd Lieutenant in a regiment of GA volunteers his father had helped equip. After the conflict, he returned home and began a law career, then quit to become a professional soldier, eventually accepting a captaincy in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. When the war was over he went into business in Macon, Georgia, later moving to Kissimmee to manage orange groves.
Alfred was married to Harriet Harris Hutchins of Gwinnett Co., Georgia. In 1861, Harriet passed away. Alfred remarried years later in 1878 to Adela Branham, daughter of Dr. Joel Branham. Adela died in 1904, and is buried in Shingle Creek Cemetery in Kissimmee. At the time of his death, Alfred was survived by a daughter Minnie Iverson Randolph, at whose house he was living and where he died. There were also 4 grandchildren. Alfred is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Fulton County, Georgia.
Sources: “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, April 7, 1911; “The Constitution”, Atlanta, GA, April 1, 1911; “Orlando Sentinel”, Osceola’s History by Jim Robison, August 2005
Images: OCHS photo collection; Wikipedia