On the concentration of the enemy's gunboats in good view of the island, General Trapier
deemed it advisable to remove his forces to the mainland, as our defensive works, consisting mostly of sand batteries, were not impregnable.
During the evacuation of the island the gunboats came up and shelled the trains as they were moving freighted with our troops and many citizens who sought refuge in the interior.
The only casualties were the killing of two worthy and prominent citizens.
As couriers were continually coming in with reports that the enemy were landing, the artillery was kept ready for any emergency and was ordered from place to place to intercept the invaders.
For a short time this command encamped near the St. Mary's river
and thence were ordered to Sanderson
, where, from the unprecedented severity of the weather, they suffered privation and much sickness, which resulted in several deaths from measles and pneumonia.
From this point they were ordered to Camp Langford, thence to Three-mile branch in the vicinity of Jacksonville
, where they remained faithful sentinels on the outpost until the latter part of May, at which time the company was reorganized.
In June, 1862, a telegram was received from the war department ordering Captain Martin
to proceed to Dalton
in supporting distance of Chattanooga
On their arrival they did not long remain inactive, being soon ordered to join Gen. Kirby Smith
, and doing most effective service in their first and most important fight at Richmond, Ky.
On this memorable occasion the gallant and heroic Martin
was seriously and at the time feared to be mortally wounded.
Our brave Johnson
, Boring and Holshouser
were killed early in the engagement, nobly displaying the valor and chivalry of men devoted to a sacred cause.
At this battle, the Marion
light artillery was the only corps from Florida
present, and was placed in a most conspicuous position.
Gen. Kirby Smith
briefly addressed them just as the fight commenced, and in his own