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    [Battle of Olustee]. Collection of Four Documents spanning the months March through April 1864 and related to the Battle of Olustee. In February 1864, a Federal force was ordered into Florida by Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, commander of the Department of the South, to cut off Confederate supplies. Gen. Truman Seymour headed up the expedition and landed his troops at Jacksonville. Following a number of small raids, he began marching west through northern Florida, possibly to capture Tallahassee. The advance was stopped on February 20 by rebel forces under the command of Gen. Joseph Finnegan and Union forces fled back to Jacksonville.

    John A. Smith, writing two and a half weeks after the battle to Capt. Charles A. Moore of Co. "G," 47th New York Infantry, who suffered 313 men killed, wounded, or missing during the engagement, discusses the casualties suffered during "our trouble at 'Olustee,'" stating, "Our list of killed and wounded is correctly reported in the Times . . . only I know that many of the fourteen poor lads I left behind on that bloody field never saw the next day's sun. There was but one scoundrel flinched in the company (Kelly), and that he is now alive is owing simply to my not having a pistol." John H. Stinson, in another letter to Moore, dated March 18, states that "we are all . . . anxious to hear from Lt. Duffy and the other gallant but unfortunate officers and soldiers of the 'bloody 47th.'"

    With a heavily faded document recording a "meeting of the officers of the 47th Regiment New York State Volunteers, held at Regimental Head-Quarters, Jacksonville, Fla, March 1 1864" regarding the deaths of Capt. Henry Arnold, 1st Lt. Charles C. Evry, and 2nd Lt. Edward F. Hunting, killed "while in command of companies at the late battle near 'Olustee.'" The officers agree to "place on record our testimony to their gallantry as soldiers and their many estimable qualities."

    The documents included in this lot are in very good or better condition and give small insight into one of the lesser known battles of the Civil War.

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