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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
tuated by any ridge, the waters do not find any natural outlet from vast swamps. The railroad crosses one of these swamps, called Ocean Pond, near the village of Olustee, nine miles from Sanderson and six from Lake City. Henry rapidly reached Barber's Station, forced the passage of the St. Mary's River after a slight skirmish, and arrived at Sanderson on the evening of the 10th. On the 11th he advanced to Olustee, but having learned that Finegan was holding Lake City with some infantry, lie had no desire to attack it, and returned to Sanderson. He found General Seymour there with a part of his division. Gillmore, after having left a guard at Baldwin, and the railroad the perpendicular. An elbow of the railroad and some woods bound it on the west, forming the base of the triangle. It was on this base, before Olustee, that Finegan had taken his stand. His little army, reorganized within fifteen days, was at least as strong as that of the Federals, although it had not more tha
Battle of Olustee, Florida. A correspondent of the Lake City Columbian, gives the following interesting account of the fight at Olustee, in Florida: The great battle of East Florida has been fought and another glorious victory has been won by our gallant soldiery. At an early hour this forenoon couriers arrived at distant headquarters with the intelligence that the enemy, seven thousand strong, under command of Major-Gen. Gillmore, had passed the village of Sanderson, en route for the interior of this State. No sooner was this intelligence communicated, than a cavalry force composed of detachments of the 4th Ga., Col. Clinch; 2d Fla., cavalry, Lt.--Col. A. H. Mc nick, and Scott's Battalion, Major G. W. Scott, all under the command of Col. Caraway Smith, 2d Florida cavalry, proceeded forward with the view of ascertaining the strength and position of the enemy. The command of Col. Smith proceeded to a point near the Florida Central railroad, about eighteen miles east
The Daily Dispatch: March 7, 1864., [Electronic resource], The question of Exchange — arrival of Confederate prisoners from Point Look out. (search)
been in command or present at the battle. For this disaster poor Seymour has fallen under the ban, and one report says that Gillmore has placed him under arrest. The New York Post, in commenting upon the Florida disaster, says: We hope General Gillmore will now see the mistake he made in taking General Seymour with him to the Department, of the South, from which he had just before been sent away by General Hunter for ly conduct and language. It is reported that the advance on Olustee was made contrary to Gen. Gillmore's orders, and that had be at Jacksonville or Baldwin the battle would not have taken place. But he ought to have been taught by a former experience nor to trust General Seymour with and important command. It was this officer who planned and urged the assault on Fort Wayner on the 18th of last July, in which Gen. Strong, Colonel Shaw, and so many other gallant were sent to useless deaths. He appears to be a constitution at blunderer; shown a fatal apt
their confreres South, through the usual channels, in time to have the expedition met at the outset with a superior force. A Lamentation over the "miserable said" and the Losses of the Yankees generally. The New York Herald, of the 10th, has a jeremiad over the failure of the Yankee plans It says: From the period of the removal of Gen. McClellan--beginning with Burnside's movement to Fair mouth and the disastrous battle at Fredericksburg, and ending with the disaster at Olustee, in Florida, and the recent miserable raid toward Richmond — the war on this side the country has been conducted by the President and a coterie of military advisers at Washington city. Under this direction disaster has followed disaster with such pitiless persistency, we have had so many and such terrible failures, that despite our glorious triumphs in the West, the country is well nigh disgusted with the war. Under the President and his coterie of advisers sheer imbecility prevails over the cle
the New York World, dated at Hilton Head, the 10th inst., has the following about the Florida disaster: The thoughtful calm which follows a disastrous battle still prevails here; and there is little transpiring to vary the military monotony which has previously marked this department. The recess which mercifully follows human slaughter, tired of its own horrors, is, however, but a period of preparation for its continuance; and already plans are being formed to retrieve the defeat of Olustee. Reinforcements are occasionally arriving here, which will be sent to Jacksonville for this purpose. The enemy's pickets are some ten miles from that city; and refugees, whose statements are said to be reliable, report that the rebel Gen. Flunegan has a command of twenty thousand men. From an officer who has just arrived from Jacksonville I have ascertained that nearly four hundred Floridians, who had passed the rebel lines, arrived there. They were in a very indigent condition, an
Ohio regiment. He gives as the reason why he deserted that a negro corporal was placed over him, with whom he had some difficulty, which resulted in his knocking the negro down. Disgusted with his association with negroes, and to avoid punishment for his offence, he deserted to our lines. These deserters represent that many of the Yankee recruits, who, like the Germans above mentioned, were kidnapped and forced into the service against their will, have never received any pay, that there is much dissatisfaction and discontent in the Yankee army, and that hundreds of them would desert if they had a full opportunity. One of the deserters at Baldwin states that the number of negroes killed and wounded in the fight at Olustee had been ascertained to be 1,758. Our informant states that when he left our lines on Wednesday there was unusual activity observed in the Yankee camps, and it was thought that they were preparing either to fight or evacuate their present position.
A faithful servant. --When the Yankees were marching to what they believed to be the bloodless conquest of Florida, previous to their mishap at Olustee, a body of them passed through the little village of Stark. As they passed through Mr. W. C. Temple's place a likely negro boy by the name of Calvin was hoeing in the field. Calvin saw them pass, and knowing them to be enemies, continued industriously to ply his hoe until the troops had passed, when he inquired of some negroes in the train: "Is there any more of them coming?" The negroes replied, "Oh yes," plenty of them. Come along" "All right," said Calvin, "I'll be along." The Yankees, black and white, passed, while Calvin still hoed away. When they had gone some distance Calvin dropped his hoe, and, taking to his heels, leaped the fence and was soon out of sight. But the object of the faithful fellow was not only to secure his own safety. He ran immediately to the house of Mr. John McKindy, and notified a picket of eigh
ot a State in the Confederacy, with the exception of Missouri, where we have no force, in which within about two months past the Confederate arms have not achieved some success or the Yankees met with a failure. Thus we have-- In Texas, Benavides's affair at Laredo. In Louisiana, Banks's defeat at Mansfield. In Arkansas, the capture of Jacksonport, and possibly by this time the discomfiture of Steele. In Kentucky, the capture of Paducah. In Tennessee, the capture of Fort Pillow. In Mississippi, the defeat of Grierson. In Alabama, the Yankee failure at Fort Powell. In Florida, the victory of Olustee. In Georgia, the repulse of Crow's valley. In South Carolina, the confessed failure of the siege of Charleston. In North Carolina, the capture of Plymouth In Virginia, the defeat of Dahlgren's raid. There are others besides but we have confined ourselves to a single affair in each State. Surely the skies all around us are bright with happy omens.
President? What is the effect, in the rebellions States, of presidential edicts, abolishing slavery, arming the slaves, and placing them as guards over terrified women and children? What, I ask, is the significance of these things to the thoughtful students of history? What the effect upon the great body of the people of the Southern States? Let our recent disasters in the South give an answer. Or, if you prefer it, inquire of those who fought at Murfreesboro', at Chickamauga and Olustee. And, if the voice which comes up from the ensanguined battle fields leaves you still in doubt, act for a while the part of the good Samaritan at some one of our over-crowded hospitals, and ask our sick, wounded and dying to account the murderous conflict of the last few days. These terrible battles have left a defiant foe in our front — a foe yet unconquered — in my judgment unconquerable — while folly, fanaticism and cupidity rule our councils. I repeat the war is no longer waged to pu<
Not "Privateers." We are requested to state that the "Olustee" and the "Shenandoah," armed vessels of the Confederate States Navy, and commanded by commissioned officers of the Confederate Navy, are not "privateers," equipped and armed on private account, but are regularly commissioned war vessels of our Government.
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