possible followed up the enemy and gathered a number of prisoners, amounting to about 150.
In addition to this, several prisoners were taken by Lieutenant-Colonel McCormick and Major Scott while protecting the right flank.
I have to report that Colonel Clinch and three men of the Fourth Georgia cavalry were wounded.
One of the wounded men is missing and supposed to be dead.
It is due to the companies of Captains Stephens and Maxwell, of the Second Florida cavalry, to state that the conduct of the men and officers while acting as the rear guard of the cavalry, as we were falling back before the enemy, was highly satisfactory.
They behaved with the coolness and deliberation of veterans.
Brig.-Gen. Alfred H. Colquitt
, commanding First brigade, in his account of the battle, said:
Intelligence having been received of the approach of the enemy, I was instructed to take three regiments of my own brigade, with a section of Gamble's artillery, and proceed to the front and assume command of all the forces which had preceded me, consisting of two regiments of cavalry under command of Colonel Smith; the Sixty-fourth Georgia regiment and two companies of the Thirty-second Georgia.
Subsequently other troops were sent forward and I was directed to call for such reinforcements as might be needed.
About two miles from Olustee station I found the enemy advancing rapidly and our cavalry retiring before them.
I threw forward a party of skirmishers and hastily formed line of battle under a brisk fire from the enemy's advance.
The Nineteenth Georgia was placed on the right and the Twenty-eighth Georgia on the left, with a section of Captain Gamble's artillery in the center.
The Sixty-fourth and the two companies of the Thirty-second were formed on the left of the Twenty-eighth and the Sixth Georgia regiment was sent still farther to the left to prevent a flank movement in that direction.
Instructions were sent to Colonel