Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Battle of Marianna, Florida - September 27, 1864, 12:45 p.m.

By 12:45 p.m. on September 27, 1864, the Battle of Marianna was over.
The entire engagement lasted only around 45 minutes. Small in comparison to some of the larger battles of the war, it was extremely fierce. One of the Union eyewitnesses, an officer that had served at Gettysburg, said that for the number of men engaged, the Battle of Marianna was the most severe fight he encountered during the war.
Littering the streets from Ely Corner to the Chipola River bridge were the bodies of the dead, dying and wounded.
Confederate losses in the battle were 10 killed or mortally wounded, 16 wounded and 54 captured.
Union losses were 8 killed or mortally wounded, 19 wounded and 8 captured.
The Confederate prisoners were herded down the street and confined in the second floor courtroom of the courthouse. Asboth and the other wounded Union officers were taken to the home of Mayor Thomas White on Jackson Street. The wounded Union enlisted men were treated at the Confederate hospital on North Jefferson. Most of the Confederate wounded were carried to private homes for treatment, although some of the men with minor wounds were confined with the other prisoners.
Our series on the raid on Marianna will continue tomorrow. Until the next post, you can read more by visiting and by considering my book, The Battle of Marianna, Florida. Copies can be purchased locally at Chipola River Book and Tea in downtown Marianna (across from the Battle of Marianna monument). For information about ordering online, just click here.

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