there was a loss of life.
It did not provoke General Bragg
into opening fire with his batteries, but he planned an expedition against the outposts on Santa Rosa island
which should avenge the enemy's annoyances.
About , 1000 men were detailed for this duty, under the command of Brig.-Gen. R. H. Anderson
, whose official report which follows affords a graphic account of this celebrated affair:
‘I have the honor,’ said General Anderson
, ‘to submit the following report of the affair on Santa Rosa island
on the night of the 8th and the morning of the 9th of October.
The detachments which had been ordered to assemble at the navy yard arrived at the hour appointed and’ were embarked in good order on the steamer Time
Whilst proceeding from the navy yard to Pensacola
the troops were divided into battalions, as follows: The First battalion, 350 strong, to the command of which Col. James R. Chalmers
, Ninth Mississippi regiment, was assigned, was composed of detachments from the Ninth and Tenth Mississippi and First Alabama regiments. Three companies of the Seventh regiment Alabama volunteers, two companies of Louisiana
infantry, and two companies of the First regiment of Florida
volunteers, composed the Second battalion, 400 strong, to the command of which Col. J. Patton Anderson
, First regiment Florida volunteers, was assigned.
The Third battalion, 260 strong, under command of Col. John K. Jackson
, Fifth regiment Georgia volunteers, was composed of detachments from the Fifth Georgia regiment and the Georgia
An independent company of 53 men, selected from the Fifth Georgia regiment, and Captain Homer
's company of artillery, lightly armed with pistols and knives, carrying material for spiking cannon, burning and destroying buildings, gun carriages, etc., were placed under command of Lieutenant Hallonquist
, acting ordnance officer.
Fifth Georgia regiment, was attached to this command.
The medical officers
who accompanied the expedition were: Dr. Micks
of the Louisiana