retreat toward the Chipola river
, the eastern boundary of the village, leaving the men to fight it out the best they could.
The colonel was unhorsed and captured, and the staff made their way across the river in safety.
The Confederates scattered in every direction, every man for himself, pursued by the Maine
cavalry who kept up a steady fire upon them.
The casualties on the Federal
side were Captain Adams
and o men of the Second Maine cavalry, killed.
and Maj. N. Cutler
were seriously wounded, and about 25 enlisted men wounded.
The loss on our side was about 60 killed, burned and wounded.
About 50 of the Confederates
succeeded in crossing the Chipola river
and tore up the bridge.
, and Dr. Robinson
, post surgeon
, made attempts to reform the scattered command, and held them together until late in the evening, when they were reinforced by the arrival of Captain Milton
with 75 mounted men. The whole fight lasted about an hour.
With the retreat of the Confederates
across the river, the town was in full possession of the Federals
and Major Cutler
were carried to a private house, where their wounds were dressed.
A council of war was held by the Federal
officers, who concluded that in consequence of the wounded condition of their general they would return to Pensacola
with their prisoners, contraband and plunder.
About midnight General Ashboth
was carried off in a carriage.
and the other wounded were left behind, and the town evacuated.
The several companies of Confederate cavalry who had been previously sent for made their appearance on the east side of the river, anticipating and hoping for a renewal of hostilities next morning.
By dawn their scouts were sent in town and learned of its evacuation by the enemy.
It was deemed advisable not to attempt a pursuit until stronger reinforcements that were looked for from Tallahassee
should arrive, but to take possession of the town