regiments; the Sixth Florida battalion and the Chatham
battery of Georgia
The Second brigade was composed of the Thirty-second and Sixty-fourth Georgia volunteers, First regiment Georgia
regulars, First Florida battalion, Bonaud
's battalion infantry and Guerard
's light battery, Col. George P. Harrison
commanding the brigade.
The cavalry was commanded by Col. Caraway Smith
, and the Florida
light artillery was unattached, in reserve.
encamped his little army on a line between Ocean pond
and a cypress pond, a position which met the approval of Lieut. M. B. Grant
, who was sent from Savannah
to act as engineer officer of the command.
The country along the line of the railroad east of the Suwannee
is exceedingly low and flat, with such streams as would be of little assistance to a defense.
The position selected by General Finegan
was, in fact, according to the engineer the only point offering any advantages whatever between Lake City
and the south prong of the St. Mary
's, the latter being in possession of the enemy.
Before the arrival of Lieutenant Grant
two small works had been thrown up under direction of Major Bonaud
, Second Florida battalion.
The left of the line rested upon Ocean pond
, a sheet of water some four miles by two, while in front of the line and to the left of the railroad was an open pond, averaging 250 yards in width, extending to within 300 yards of Ocean pond
To the right of the railroad and at an average distance of 400 yards in advance of the line there extended ‘a thick bay,’ impassable except within 200 yards on the right of the railroad.
Intervening between this bay and our line was an open field over which the enemy would have to advance in approaching the works.
, of the engineer corps, arrived, and the fortification of this strong line continued under his direction until the 20th, when the battle was brought on unexpectedly in advance of the fortified line.
The enemy advanced that morning early,