in the work of destroying the camp and storehouses.
When this work was done, daylight appeared, and the troops were withdrawn to the landing place, after a sharp skirmish with a force that attempted to intercept them.
On account of trouble with the boats, the enemy had time to do considerable damage by firing into the massed soldiers on the shore.
A number of brave men were killed, wounded or captured in this affair.
On November 22d and 23d, the Mississippians, with the other troops, were under the forty hours bombardment from Fort Pickens
and the sand batteries.
suffered mostly in this fiery trial, and the Mississippians there, under Col. John B. Villepigue
, with their Georgia
comrades, made a gallant defense which elicited the laudatory comments of General Bragg
During 1861 other Mississippi
regiments arrived at Pensacola
, the Fifth, Col. A. E. Fant
; Eighth, Col. C. G. Flynt
; Twenty-seventh, Col. Thomas M. Jones
; and a battalion.
On March 9, 1862, Colonel Jones
was put in command at Pensacola
, preparations having been made to evacuate the city.
The Twenty-seventh Mississippi, which had been assigned to Fort McRee
and adjacent batteries and had been distinguished for coolness and gallantry, was the last to leave the Florida
The Third Mississippi, Col. J. B. Deason
, was on duty during 1861 at New Orleans and on the coast.
It was composed of coast men, and though ordered up to Columbus
in December, 1861, was soon afterward sent back for service on the Mississippi coast
Also at New Orleans were the Seventh regiment, Colonel Goode
, and Vaiden
The Twenty-fourth regiment, Col. W. F. Dowd
, was stationed at Tallahassee
, and several companies at Mobile
All of these were ordered back to Mississippi
late in 1861 and early in 1862, to meet the threatened invasion from the north.
It was in Virginia
, however, that Mississippians won the greatest military distinction during the first year of