being stationed in the vicinity of McGirt's creek
, about 12 miles from Jacksonville
The infantry was placed on the entire line of railroad from McGirt's creek
, and through the unprotected country lying between the railroad and the Ocklawaha river
Detachments from the Fourth Georgia cavalry were on duty in this locality to strike the enemy in an advance from Palatka
to Orange Springs
, at that time a ‘city of refuge’ for families who had been driven from their homes on the St. John's river
, while en route for Tampa
, was ordered to repair to Orange Springs
, as the enemy was supposed to be advancing up the Ocklawaha river
in barges from Welaka
At the same time an order was given to send a train down toward Cedar Keys
to bring back Captain McNeill
's company to the point nearest Orange Springs
, to co-operate with Capt. John W. Pearson
of the Sixth Florida battalion, and others.
Thus every necessary precaution was taken to prevent the enemy from penetrating the country.
The Fourth Georgia cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Harris
, was quartered at Waldo
, to be ready when necessary to unite with the cavalry force under Col. R. H. Anderson
, who was to operate upon the right flank of the enemy in case of a general advance of the enemy upon the front.
While these preparations were under way, a request was made by General Gardner
for Colonel Scott
's battalion, but the exigencies of the service did not admit of compliance.
No troops could be spared from the seat of war, therefore a detachment of the siege train was ordered to guard the Aucilla trestle, and Caper
's battalion, Wimberly
's company and two infantry companies were posted at the Suwannee bridge
to prevent depreda-tions in middle Florida