scrupulously, but failing to hear the signal to retire, only remained too faithful to their trust, and have fallen into the hands of the enemy by so doing.
Their names should illustrate one of the brightest pages of Florida
well said of this expedition that it was a most daring and successful feat of arms.
‘Landing from steamers and flats on the enemy's shore within sight of his fleet, marching some three or four miles in the darkness of night over an unknown and almost impassable ground under his guns, killing his pickets, storming his intrenched camp of 600 or 700 men, driving the enemy off in utter confusion and dismay, and burning every vestige of clothing, equipage and provisions, leaving them individually in a state of destitution, and this under the close range of his stronghold, Fort Pickens
, without his discovering our object or firing a gun, is an achievement worthy of the gallant men who executed it.’
Capt. Richard Bradford
, the highest in rank of those who fell among the Florida
volunteers, was a noble and chivalrous young man, whose death was deeply mourned throughout the State
To him and other noble martyrs sacrificed on their country's altar, their grateful countrywomen have erected a monument on the grounds of the capitol
, inscribed as follows:
To rescue from Oblivion
And perpetuate in the Memory of succeeding Generations
The heroic Patriotism of the Men
Who perished in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.