and await results.
The prisoners carried off by the Federals
were most of them old men and boys who had surrendered, also a number of non-combatants, in all about 100 men. They were sent to northern prisons, principally Elmira, N. Y.
About 40 of these unfortunates survived the rigor of the climate and the painful experience of prison life and returned to their homes so enfeebled in health and broken-hearted that most of them were soon released from a life of suffering before the year expired, and but few are living to tell the tale of their sufferings.
On the arrival of Col. G. W. Scott
with a battalion the day following, an attempt at pursuit was made, but the enemy had 24 hours start and the desperate Confederates failed to overtake them.
The day after the fight, Marianna
presented a pitiable sight.
The dead and wounded lay all about, and the wails and cries of mothers, wives and sisters could be heard in every direction.
Women and children searched for father, son or brother in the ashes of the burnt buildings.
Here and there a charred thigh or ghastly skull was disinterred from the debris.
Eventually some sort of order was evolved from the chaos.
The dead were buried, the wounded citizens taken to their homes or those of friends, and the Federal
wounded to the military hospital.
While this skirmish was a defeat to the people of Marianna
, it in reality resulted in a victory.
The objective point of General Ashboth
's expedition was to capture Tallahassee
, the capital of the State
, and as the resistance made at Marianna
frustrated his object and compelled his hasty retreat to Pensacola
, his success was barren.
The foregoing account of this cruel raid was given by the post surgeon
, an eye-witness of the horrors of the invasion and the atrocities that were perpetrated.
On being advised of the Federal
movement threatening Marianna
, General Jackson
had ordered Brigadier-General Miller
to assume command of subdis-tricts, Colonels Turney
being sick; and ordered