|Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth|
Most of the general's troops had already crossed the bay from Fort Barrancas to Navy Cove at what is now Gulf Breeze. Other companies would continue to cross throughout the day. The 700 man force was made up of three battalions from the Second Maine Cavalry, one battalion from the First Florida Cavalry (U.S.) and two companies of picked men from the 82nd and 86th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). One officer, Captain Mahlon M. Young, from the Seventh Vermont Veteran Volunteers also took part as a member of Asboth's staff. All were mounted.
In addition to the soldiers making up the Union strike force, a company of New York troops manned field artillery that had been placed aboard the Lizzie Davis for the protection of that vessel. These men would not take part in the inland movement.
|Narrows of Santa Rosa Sound|
|Fort Walton Temple Mound|
|War-time Sketch of Asboth & His Dog|
I'll post more about the raid in coming days, focusing on some original accounts and details that you might not have read before. Here are some links that provide information on some of the sites involved in the first day's movement.
- Fort Barrancas
- Naval Live Oaks Reserve
- Camp Walton
- Fort Walton Beach
- Fort Walton Temple Mound