, who came upon the field during the later part of the action, ordered Colquitt
to pursue and occupy Sanderson
representing that his men were fatigued and without food, and that reports had come in that we had gone into camp and were in good order, these instructions were countermanded.
states that although he gave repeated orders for his cavalry under Colonel Smith
to press our flanks and pursue, it was not done except by two companies on our right for a short distance.
All the Confederates
, except one regiment, retired to Olustee
that night, and no advance was made in force by the enemy until February 22.
's was relieved just after dark by Colonel Hartwell
with six companies of the Fifty-fifth Massachusetts.
He then set out, as instructed, to join the regiment with the two companies, and Lieut. W. B. Pease
and twenty-five men of the Eighth United States Colored Troops, who had come up. Ten miles on, a surgeon with wounded gave the first intimation of defeat, although the firing had been heard at Barber
's. Hastening onward through an ever-increasing throng, when within one mile of Sanderson Major Appleton
halted, disposing his men to restore order.
The sight of his compact little force was encouraging; and the unwounded, when approached, readily placed themselves in line until some six hundred men were collected.
soon received orders to escort the train to Barber
's, and did so, arriving at 2 A. M. on the 21st.
Forming part of the covering column, the Fifty-fourth made the night-march over the littered road until at 2 A. M. the bivouac fires of the Fifty-fifth at Barber
's were reached.
Then the regiment, worn out with the enervating events of