Thursday, September 8, 2011

Asboth's West Florida Raid - September 1864

Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth
Over the coming weeks I will be posting on the history of Brigadier General Alexander Asboth's West Florida Raid.

Launched from Pensacola Bay on September 18, 1864, this raid passed through the modern Florida counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Jackson, Washington and Bay. Not only was it the deepest penetration of Florida by Union troops during the entire war, it covered more linear miles than Sherman's March to the Sea. A classic example of "total warfare" by cavalry forces, Asboth's raid caused more economic damage in Walton, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties than was suffered in any other Florida counties during the entire four years of the war.

I think you will find the topic interesting and planned posts include causes of the raid, preliminary scouting missions, guerrilla activities, skirmishes and battles, impact on the civilian population, casualties, results and the climactic action at the Battle of Marianna on September 27, 1864.

In addition, I will be retracing the progress of the raid each day beginning September 18th, with looks at key locations as they appear today. Some of these are little known and all but inaccessible now, so I think you will enjoy seeing some of them and learning about their significance.

If you would like to follow along and read more about the raid as we go, please consider my book: The Battle of Marianna, Florida: Expanded Edition. It can be ordered by simply clicking the box at left.

The book is also available as an instant download for your Amazon Kindle reading device, or for the free Amazon Kindle software available for your computer or smart phone. Please click here for the Kindle version:  Kindle Download: The Battle of Marianna, Florida.

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