War Story: Battle of Oolustee, FL. Mention of Col Chas W Fribley.
ALL | HI* the pre- slave au- are who W these A HARD BATTLE AT milSTEE Brief Hlatory Â«f Struggles at Marian- mi and Oolwtee in Which Many Were Killed and Wounded- In response to a request the rf thÂ« National Tribune gives the lowing; brief history of the battles Marlanna and Oolustee: : Kot being able to make any ress lii the operations against ton, General Gillmore decided tt an expedition into Florida, and on January 13, 18i, General Seymour embarked on 20 steamers and eight schooners for the mouth of the St. John's river. Jacksonville was eas- ily occupied, with only a few shots fired, and February 6 our troops moved out along the railroa'd to prise General .Flnnegan, In camp miles distant Col. Guy T. Henry, command et the cavalry, made A cessful dash Into Finnegan's camp, capturing four guns, a large amount of equipage and commissary stores. At Baldwin he captured another three cars and $500.000 worth of visions and ammunition. He pushed on to Sanderson. 40 miles from sonville, where he captured and de? 'gtroyed much property, and slruck Flnnegan In position near the city- Henry fell hack before the strong fantry force, and telegraphed Sey- mour, who hÂ»d come to Sanderson with Infantry and artillery, for or^ dera. Seymour had been ordered to concentrate hit force at Baldwin, Instead of this. And against the or- dera of his commanding officer ho pushed forward with about 6.000 men straight Into the country where the Confederates could concentrate ati overwhelming force against him from Georgia and Alabama. Finding that aa j j early the 'Â· j j j Scotch ! re- of of. in daugh- annual tc stuck hum- HavÂ» j dray but j tc i a ! i over.! dead \ ! ! j In-', trap Into m'hlch - Seymour ran head- long. Our men, faint with hunger and a hard march of 36 miles over sandy ground, reached a point ivhero the railroad runs through a long press swamp. In this swamp Finnc- gan had stationed his men. with his flanka thoroughly protected by tho swamp on one side anil Ocean Pond oa the other. Before they knew It our meÂ» were In tho trap, with a opening from both nldes upon them. The artillery was rushed up to help them out. but the rebel skirmishers shot down the horses almost at once. Hamilton's battery went into action 150 yards from tho rebel front, and In 20 minutes lost 40 out of 50 nnd -15 out of S2 men. The whola thing -was absolutely mismanaged, since If we had formed a line a mile to the rear, we could, with assistance of our ^artillery, have beat- en back the entire Confederate forces- Colonel Hawley, with the Seventh Connecticut, was In the advance, suffered severely, when the Seventh Now York rushed to Its support three batteries of.-artillery. Next th* Eighth United States colored troop, under Col. Charles \Y. Fribley was brought up on the doubls-m;lck- It was a new reginier.t, .and had never been under fire before. Tn an hour and a half It lost 350 killed or ed, with Colonel Fribley failing \vith a mortal hurt. Barton's brigade--the Forty-ssvonth, Forty-eighth and One Hundred and Fifteenth New York-- went into tha battle and received ful punishment. The commands were put in at intervals and whipped by detail- The last to go in \vas Colonel Montgomery with the Fi'ty-fourtli Massachusetts and First TSTorth Caro- lina, both colored. Their charge, however, saved the army from fearful loss and prevented the advance of Confederates. General Seymour showed reckless valor to atone for mismanagement, and finally re-estab- lished what remained of his batteries farthest to the rear, where be ed the withdrawal oÂ£ his men by - volleys of canister. The Sev- Connectictit covered the retreat. fas made deliberately, and tho irates attempted no pursuiL \Ve brought off about 1,000-of cufl wounded and left In the Confederate hands about 250 more. The Confed- erates admitted a loss of SO killed and 650 wounded, but beyond all doubt it .was much greater, la his retreat Seymour burned up provisions worth $1.000.000.