Monday, September 29, 2008
The Raid on Marianna - September 29, 1864
It was not until the evening of the 28th that the Confederates attempted any attempt to pursue the Federals as they made their way back to Choctawhatchee Bay.
Major George W. Scott of the 5th Florida Cavalry took command of the excursion and left Marianna that night with at least two companies from his battalion, along with Chisolm's company, the Greenwood Club Cavalry, the Campbellton Cavalry, Luke Lott's Home Guard Company from Calhoun County, Poe's Company from the 1st Florida Reserves and a company of Georgia Militia cavalry that came down from Decatur County to help in the emergency.
Scott pursued the Federals through the morning of September 29, 1864, but when he reached Vernon it became obvious that there was no way he could catch up with them.
For all practical purposes, the Raid on Marianna was over. Asboth reached Choctawhatchee Bay without further opposition. There he went aboard the Lizzie Davis with the other wounded. The troops continued on to Fort Pickens and eventually back to their camps at Barrancas.
In our final post in this series, tomorrow, we will look closely at the results of the raid, both human and economic.
Until then, you can always read more about the Battle of Marianna and Asboth's raid by visiting www.battleofmarianna.net.