Friday, September 19, 2008
The Raid on Marianna - September 19, 1864
On September 19, 1864, the rest of Asboth's command advanced east along the old Federal or Military Road to the base camp at the Narrows of Santa Rosa Sound.
The Lizzie Davis paralleled the troops as they moved along the north shore of Santa Rosa Sound, steaming up to the base camp where additional supplies were sent ashore.
Conditions remained rainy for the troops, but despite the downpours Asboth reported that his men were in "good spirits."
The Confederates thus far had no knowledge that the Union troops were on the move. The area along the shore of Santa Rosa Sound was beyond their normal scouting area and the nearest Southern soldiers were at Eucheeanna Courthouse, a small village about three miles southeast of present-day Defuniak Springs and then the county seat of Walton County.
Our series on Asboth's 1864 raid on Marianna will continue. Until the next post, you can read more by visiting www.battleofmarianna.net.