J.J. Dickison to the Asst. Adj. Gen.
17 August 1864
Transcription by Gary Beemer


Gainesville, Fl,

Aug 17, 1864.

3 o'clock.

Capt. W. G. Barth

Asst. Adjt. General,

H.Q. District of Fla.

Lake City,


I have the honor to report that I had an engagement today with the cavalry force of the enemy at this place and, by Divine Aid, the victory was decisive and complete.

It lasted about two hours, 140 or 150 prisoners were captured, and will be forwarded this afternoon, amongst them were one captain, 2 lieutenants and one surgeon, several killed and wounded.  Our loss was slight, one killed, and five wounded.

A twelve-pound howitzer was captured and horses and fixtures complete, a fine piece.  About one hundred wagons were recaptured, with three of the enemy's wagons, a considerable number of horses, and other things.  They numbered 342, and were the 75th Ohio Regt., Col. Harris commanding, and 4th Mass.  Their party left Baldwin, by Trail Ridge, and passed between Waldo and Orange Springs.  They pillaged and thieved everything as they went, stripping the houses.

The whole command would have been captured, but my horses were completely worn down.  I pursued them from five to ten miles after the fight, one part going towards Newnansville, and the other towards Waldo.

I had with me, besides my own command, Capt. Rou in command of 80 men from 2nd Fla. Cavalry Regt., and Captain McElway of 5th Fla. Battalion Cavalry, with a detachment of 40 men.  I had only about 175 men in the engagement.  The officers and men behaved with great gallantry.  Lt. Burton of the artillery exhibited great coolness and bravery. 

The march was commenced from Waldo last evening, at 9 o'clock, in pursuit, and after a most fatiguing march all night, they were not overtaken until 8 o'clock in the morning.

The enemy are reported to have 4 regiments of colored troops at Starke, and I have them to watch and look after closely.  I hope the cavalry will not be so difficult to manage hereafter,

I am Captain,

Your obt. Ser.

J.J. Dickison

Capt. Commanding


S.A. Moreno

A.A. Genl.

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