from a brutal soldiery.
commanding tenders to them his sincere thanks, and promises that every effort on his part shall be exerted to secure to their leader the reward of promotion which he so richly deserves and which they have enabled him to win.’
In obedience to the order of General Jackson Captain Dickison
remained for a few days in Gainesville
with his forces as a corps of observation.
Meanwhile on August 26th the troops under the command of Capt. Edward J. Sutterloh
and Lieut. John B. Dell
, Company F, Second Florida cavalry, had a brilliant engagement with one of the enemy's gunboats on the Suwannee river
, repulsing the enemy and adding to the renown of the Florida
A letter from Camp Dickison, Waldo
, to the Lake City
Columbian, well describes the situation early in September and the service of the militia: ‘Three Federal prisoners, stragglers from the recent raiding expedition to Gainesville
which suffered such disastrous defeat, have been captured within the past few days by the troops of this command.
The enemy is known to be in large force at Jacksonville
All that can be said is that our troops are as ready to administer to these merciless invaders the same chastisement they were wont to give on past occasions.
The State troops in this command are doing much to entitle them to the sincere gratitude of their country.
Truly such an exhibition of patriotism has never been witnessed, certainly never excelled in the annals of warfare, as has been demonstrated in this glorious little State.
The grandfather vies with his offspring in deeds of valor; and the silver-haired patriarch, bowed with the weight of years, stands firmly by the side of his fair-haired boys in forming that solid phalanx contending for all that is dear to them and against which the combined forces of the enemy cannot successfully combat.
, though suddenly assembled upon the emergency, under command of Judge Thomas F. King
, the citizen soldiery emulated the example of their com-’