Private Manuel Monte De Ocha was born ca. 1845 at Hillsborough County Florida.
He is mentioned by Robert Watson as being a member of Captain Henry Mulrenan’s Florida Volunteer Coast Guards, but there is no independent corroboration of this service.
He was mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war. He is reported present on all rolls until February 25th, 1862 when he was transferred to the C.S. Navy while at Dalton, Georgia.
He was assigned to serve in CSS Savannah on March 3rd, 1864. He served in CSS Savannah until December 21st, 1864, when the vessel was fired and scuttled to avoid capture by General Sherman’s forces at Savannah. He was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, where he served briefly in CSS Columbia, then transferred to the Richmond station on January 22, 1865.
He married Matilda Willingham on January 17, 1867 at Tampa, Florida.
Manuel died at Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida in March, 1876.
Despite having remarried twice after his death, Matilda applied for and was granted a Confederate Widow's Pension for her Manuel’s service.