Reports and General orders Pertaining to the military history of Florida.
Headquarters Military District of Florida, Camp Milton, May 19, 1864.Captain: The late order to send ‘a good brigade of infantry’ to Richmond with all possible expedition is now being executed. The First, Second and Sixth Florida battalions left here on the 17th inst. The Fourth was stationed in west Florida, and most of the companies were at stations on the Choctawatchie bay and distant from railroad or steamboat transportation. It is supposed to be in motion at this time. It has orders to take steamboat on the Apalachicola river for Columbus and thence by rail to Richmond. Bonaud's battalion was in south Florida at the time the order was received. It had to march over one hundred miles and will not reach the Gulf railroad at Quitman, Ga., for several days to come. It is expected to get to Gainesville by the 21st inst. The major-general commanding is informed that this takes all the infantry force out of this district, leaving the Second Florida cavalry, Fifth battalion of cavalry, Campbell's siege artillery, Villepigue's light battery, and a section of Dunham's light battery, as the whole effective force at my command. Abell's light battery is complete except about forty horses. Dunham's lacks about thirty horses. Under these circumstances I have deemed it proper to remove district headquarters, at least temporarily, to Lake City, and will eventually remove farther west to Madison or Tallahassee for the purpose of being more accessible to all portions of the district and for greater convenience in organizing the reserve forces, upon which we will have to depend in great measure for the defense of important localities. It will not be practicable to carry on offensive operations, either against the regular organized force of the enemy within the district,
Capt. H. W. Feilden, Charleston, S. C.