Sunday, November 25, 2007

St. Andrew Bay Skirmish - Panama City

On March 30, 1863, Confederate cavalrymen under Captain Walter J. Robinson engaged a Union landing party from the U.S.S. Roebuck at this site on St. Andrew Bay in modern Panama City.

The sailors were coming ashore at the abandoned village of St. Andrews on a scouting mission and were surprised by Robinson's men, who demanded their surrender. When the sailors refused, Robinson ordered his men to open fire and six Union sailors were killed and three wounded. Only two escaped unharmed. No Confederates were injured in the brief firefight.

At this point of the war, Robinson and his men comprised an independent cavalry company operating out of Marianna. The unit later became Company A of the 11th Florida Infantry.

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