Sunday, September 28, 2008

Remembering the Casualties of the Battle of Marianna


This weekend marks the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Marianna.
Union troops attacked Marianna on September 27, 1864, and remained in the city until early on the morning of the 28th.
For many years the anniversary was memorialized each year across Florida as "Marianna Day." It was a time when citizens across the state paused to remember the sacrifices made that day by the defenders of Marianna, many of them just every day civilians that took up arms to defend their homes, families and communities.
"Marianna Day" is no longer recognized in Florida. The day of remembrance has passed into history. Observances still take place in Jackson County, but it is a tragedy of modern times that we so easily forget the sacrifices of those who came before us.
It reminds me of the words of a friend and former business associate of mine. We were walking the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a few years ago because he had asked to see the grave of General William Darby, the father of the U.S. Army Rangers as we know them today. My friend had been an Army Ranger and visiting the grave of this World War II hero had a great impact on him.
He told me that day that "Americans have very short memories." His words come back to me often when I visit the graves of America's heroes, whether they be the veterans of recent wars or those that served and died long ago. We let their memory fade away much too soon.
The following are the lists of the casualties, Confederate and Union, of the Battle of Marianna:
Confederate Dead:
Henry O. Bassett - Marianna Home Guard (officer home on leave)
James H. Brett - Marianna Home Guard
John C. Carter - Marianna Home Guard
M.N. Dickson - Marianna Home Guard
Arthur Lewis (Sr.) - Marianna Home Guard
Woodbury Nickels - Marianna Home Guard
Solomon Sullivan - Marianna Home Guard
Francis Allen - Greenwood Club Cavalry
M.A. Butler - Greenwood Club Cavalry
Littleton Myrick - Co. B, 15th Confederate Cavalry
Confederate Wounded:
A.F. Bount - Marianna Home Guard
Thomas Baltzell - Marianna Home Guard
John Chason - Marianna Home Guard
John Davis, Sr., - Marianna Home Guard
Peyton Gwin - Marianna Home Guard
Thaddeus W. Hentz - Marianna Home Guard
R.C.B. Lawrence - Marianna Home Guard
Adam McNealy - Marianna Home Guard
Samuel Bosworth - Campbellton Cavalry
William Mathews - Campbellton Cavalry
Isaac King - Company B, 15th Confederate Cavalry
John J. Dickson - Greenwood Club Cavalry
C.N. Sheats - Chisolm's Company, Alabama State Militia
W.N.W. Shiver - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves
William McPherson - Company G, 5th Florida Cavalry
Oliver Sellers - George Robinson's Home Guard
Confederate Prisoners of War:
Jesse J. Norwood - Marianna Home Guard
C.J. Staley - Marianna Home Guard
Allen H. Bush - Marianna Home Guard
William B. Wynn - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
J.B. Justiss - Marianna Home Guard
Samuel Gammon - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
James O'Neal - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
Ellis Davis - Marianna Home Guard
Albert G. Bush - Marianna Home Guard
J.B. Whitehurst - Marianna Home Guard
Charles Tucker - Marianna Home Guard
W.E. Anderson - Marianna Home Guard
Alex Merritt - Marianna Home Guard
J.W. Hartsfield - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
John Blaney - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
Miles Everett - Marianna Home Guard
J.T. Myrick, Jr. - Marianna Home Guard
Nicholas A. Long - Marianna Home Guard
Felix H.G. Long - Marianna Home Guard
F.R. Pittman - Marianna Home Guard
J. Austin - Marianna Home Guard (Died in Prison)
Israel McBright - Marianna Home Guard
Samuel Harrison - Marianna Home Guard
W.A. Abercrombie - Campbellton Cavalry (Died in Prison)
T.B. Haywood - Campbellton Cavalry
William Daniel - Campbellton Cavalry (Died in Prison)
Mark Elmore - Campbellton Cavalry
Cullin Curl - Campbellton Cavalry
W.H. Kimball - Greenwood Club Cavalry
T.D. Newsome - Greenwood Club Cavalry
Hansel Grice - Greenwood Club Cavalry
B.J. Fordham - Chisolm's Company, Alabama State Militia
W.L. Hatton - Chisolm's Company, Alabama State Militia (Died in Prison)
H.R. Pittman - Chisolm's Company, Alabama State Militia
Peter Abercrombie - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves (Died in Prison)
John Alley - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves (Died in Prison)
John Anderson - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves
Miles Sims - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves (Died in Prison)
J.M. Brown - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves
J.R. Williams - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves (Died in Prison)
Mathney Kiel - Company C, 1st Florida Reserves
A.B. Montgomery - Provisional Army of the Confederate States (Colonel)
J.B. Roulhac - Company B, 15th Confederate Cavalry
Lawson Daniels - Company B, 15th Confederate Cavalry (Died in Prison)
Union Dead:
Nicholas Francis - Company E, 82nd U.S. Colored Infantry
Mahlon M. Young - Company H, 7th Vermont Infantry
Silas Campbell - Company E, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Thomas A. Davis - Company J, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Ellis Ayer - Company I, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Ansel Brackett - Company F, 2nd Maine Cavalry
David C. Whitney - Company F, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Union Wounded:
Alexander Asboth - U.S. Volunteers (Brigadier General)
Nathan Cutler - 2nd Maine Cavalry
Eben Hutchinson - 2nd Maine Cavalry
Elisa E. Clark - Company L, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Orrin Evans - Company L, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Charles Clough, Jr. - Company L, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Luthor Pollard - Company G, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Joshua R. Adams - Company M, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Sanford Pendleton - Company E, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Samuel Stoddard, Jr. - Company F, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Unknown - Company D, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Unknown - 2nd Maine Cavalry
Unknown - 2nd Maine Cavalry
Isaac Anderson - Company C, 86th U.S. Colored Infantry
Solomon Johnson - Company C, 86th U.S. Colored Infantry
James Breckenridge - Company C, 86th U.S. Colored Infantry
Unknown - 82nd U.S. Colored Infantry
Unknown - 82nd U.S. Colored Infantry
Lyman W. Rowley - Company B, 1st Florida U.S. Cavalry
Union Prisoners of War:
Henry O'Neal - Company D, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Chester Whitney - Company I, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Moses Sims - Company M, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Henry Brown - Company E, 2nd Maine Cavalry
Daniel Ellis - Company H, 2nd Maine Cavalry (Died in Prison)
Abiel N. Linscott - Company E, 2nd Maine Cavalry
George W. Williams - Company I, 2nd Maine Cavalry
G. Shuman - Company G, 2nd Maine Cavalry

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