reported to Colonel Harris
asking for reinforcements, and the latter moved his command, about 125 effective men, to Sweetwater branch
, 12 miles from Palatka
Scouts were-sent out and reported that the enemy occupied the town.
A detachment of the Fourth Georgia cavalry was ordered to support Captain Dickison
in driving in the pickets and ascertaining their position and strength, which was soon accomplished, and three pickets with their horses captured.
Simple as was this capture, the event was marked by a daring that gave luster to the heroic deed.
The enemy were strongly fortified and remained in Palatka
nearly six weeks. During this occupation of the town our cavalry frequently skirmished with them, and with untiring vigilance awaited results.
A detachment of 16 men under Captain Dickison
, on one occasion was met by a superior force of the enemy, and after a hot skirmish which lasted forty minutes, holding their position without giving an inch, the enemy was reinforced and our men fell back in good order without loss.
The enemy's loss was 5 killed and 8 wounded. A few days after we drove in their pickets and took position on the hill overlooking the town.
was sent to ascertain the true position of the enemy's pickets, and a secret night expedition was planned to capture the post, which proved successful, the entire guard of 8 men being captured.
Subsequently Colonel Tabb
, now in command at Waldo
, ordered Captain Dickison
to make a reconnoissance.
this was done and the enemy opened fire on our advance guard.
The firing soon became general; the enemy sent forward two regiments, one white and one colored, which were held in check for about four hours. Night coming on, the enemy withdrew, with a loss of 11 killed and 22 captured. Our troops then retired in good order without any loss, though the enemy outnumbered them eight to one.
On April 22d, in conveying notice of his relief by Col. J. M. Martin
, Sixth Florida battalion, Colonel Tabb