|Northwest Florida in 1864|
Then the county seat of Walton County (Defuniak Springs had not yet been established), Eucheeanna was a small community made up of a courthouse, jail, several stores and a scattering of houses and plantations. It was also the setting for a conscription (draft) camp then occupied by detachments from Company I, 15th Confederate Cavalry, and Captain Robert Chisolm's Cavalry Company of the Alabama State Militia (then based at Marianna).
Few details have survived of the skirmish that took place at Eucheeanna on the morning of the 23rd when Asboth's troops attacked the village. A new eyewitness account, recently discovered in the November 1864 edition of The Northern Journal and Maine Military Record, adds much to what is known of the encounter:
For the local citizens, however, it was no picnic. Many families were left without a piece of bacon or kernel of corn to feed themselves through the coming winter. More on that in the next post.
You can learn more about the Marianna raid at www.battleofmarianna.com.