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Col. J. J. Dickison, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 11.2, Florida (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 4 2 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: April 21, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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olunteer troops in throwing up sand batteries on Amelia and Talbot islands, and thus strengthening the eastern part of the State. But one skirmish was had with the enemy in that section, which resulted in the loss of their noble lieutenant, Thomas Strange, a veteran of the Mexican war and a gallant and efficient officer. He had been sent with a small reconnoitering party to the vicinity of Jacksonville, and was killed after capturing a Federal post. The two Jefferson companies, under Capt. D. B. Bird, were ordered during the winter of 1861-62 to New Smyrna, to protect the government stores which were brought into Halifax river from Nassau. On March 26, 1862, a detachment made up mostly from these two companies, while on duty at the beach on Amelia island, under Captain Strain, who had succeeded Captain Girardeau in command of Company H, attacked some launches which were attempting to land from the blockading fleet to destroy our stores. The fight resulted in the loss of several
r; P. E. Lowe, commissaryser-geant; Theodore Bridier, ordnance-sergeant; Wm. P. Moseley, quartermaster-sergeant; B. Frank Moseley, hospital-sergeant; Captains:—Company A, J. B. Oliveros; B, J. L. Phillips; C, Walter Saxon; D, D. L. Frierson; E, D. B. Bird; F, A. Drysdale; G, Thomas Langford; H, M. H. Strain; I, C. H. Ross; K, William Parker. In June the regiment marched to the Chattahoochee, went up the river in boats to Columbus and thence to Montgomery, and after a short detention back to Muisville, camping at different points, part of the time a few miles from Bardstown, the most northern point reached. On the 8th of October, at Perryville, the two regiments received their terrific baptism of fire and blood, losing heavily. Capt. D. B. Bird commanded the regiment during the greater part of the day, and late in the afternoon fell mortally wounded. He had commanded the regiment most of the time after it left Chattanooga and was endeared to the men by his constant attention to th
Small arms against gunboats. --The official report of Captain D. B. Bird, commanding the post near Smyrna, Fla., concerning the gallant and successful engagement with gunboats, has been published, and is of amazing significance. It shows that even without artillery, and against odds, cool, brave, and determined men can make a stand against gunboats. We give the main portion of the report, as a lesson to other commanders and soldiers. About 5 P. M. on the 22d of March, the boats were seen coming, and Captain Strain, and Lieut. Chambers, of Captain Owens's cavalry company, judiciously scattered their men, about sixty in number, for half a mile along the banks of the river, with instructions to reserve their fire until all the boats should come within range. The foremost boat attempted to land, but a well-directed fire immediately killed or wounded all on board; the boat drifted off, but a few volunteers soon succeeded in bringing her ashore. Three of the men sunk to rise n