was seen riding up with 10 men. Sergeant
, who was in command of this daring little party, dashed off through the woods, ordering his prisoners to follow, and giving orders to his men to fire upon the first man who refused to obey.
The colonel, seeing the capture of his men, made no attempt to rescue them, but turned in an opposite direction, around a plantation, and with a small remnant of his command made his escape and reached the negro troops he had left at Boulware plantation the night before, and a general retreat was ordered to their headquarters at Green Cove Springs
on the St. John's river
. Sergeant Poer
, with his invincible command of three heroic boys, brought in their prisoners that evening to our headquarters at Gainesville
On Captain Dickison
's return to Gainesville
he found some 200 prisoners, several of them commissioned officers.
The only officer who escaped to tell the story of their defeat was Colonel Harris
The major commanding the Fourth Massachusetts battalion of cavalry, with two of his men, who were making their escape on foot, their horses having been killed in the fight, were captured when they had nearly reached the St. John's river
, about 50 miles from Gainesville
They were brought to Captain Dickison
, who met the major, whose name was Fox
, and said pleasantly, ‘Major Fox
, how is it you allow the “Gray Fox
” to outrun and capture the Red Fox
It was well known that this officer with his fine battalion had been sent on the St. John's river
especially to capture Captain Dickison
, but he suffered the fate of similar expeditions.
One hundred and seventy-five men of the Confederate
command were in the fight.
The remainder did not come up until the fight in the town was over, after which they scoured the country, doing most valuable service in capturing the enemy for more than 40 miles from Gainesville
There were 52 of the Federals
killed in the town.
It was never correctly learned how many were killed in the retreat to the river.