By instructions of Gen. Braxton Bragg
, Maj.-Gen. Patton Anderson
was directed to report to General Hood
for duty in the field, and he left Florida
on the 26th of July, 1864.
On his arrival at Atlanta
he was assigned to command of his old division.
Gen. John K. Jackson
was ordered to the command of the district of Florida, and he remained on duty until the 30th of September, when he was succeeded by Gen. William Miller
, of the First regiment of Florida
volunteers, who had been relieved from duty as commandant of conscripts.
Encouraged by the success of the expedition against our posts at Cedar creek
and Camp Milton, another, more formidable, was attempted and successfully carried out by the Federals
, who ascended the St. John's river
25 miles to Black creek
and there landed their troops.
While crossing the south fork of the creek they were met by our cavalry acting as dismounted skirmishers, and three of the enemy were seriously wounded.
with 98 men bravely contested the Federal
advance, but they pushed on to Darby
's still, 5 miles in rear of Baldwin
, compelling our forces to fall back to the St. Mary's river
The enemy took possession of Baldwin
and held that important post until their defeat a few weeks later at the battle of Gainesville
, when they retired to their intrenchments at Jacksonville
These operations are fully described in the report of August 15th by Lieut.-Col. A. H. McCormick
On July 23d, Maj. G. W. Scott, commanding outposts, reported that five transports with troops had gone up the St. John's river and were supposed to be landing them at the mouth of Black creek.
I immediately ordered him to send a scout in that direction, which was promptly done.
We soon learned, however, from other sources, that a large body of the enemy were in the neighborhood of Middleburg, and were probably making their way to Starke or Trail ridge on the Florida railroad. Major Scott was then directed to move with his whole cavalry force, leaving his pickets on the line of Cedar creek and a guard at