Suffolk Christian Sun
March 28, 1862
ON THE YANKEES NEAR ST. MARY’S
Capt. Clark, of
Col. Davis’s Mounted Regiment, of Florida,
and a number of volunteer citizens, started on Wednesday night last, to
intercept a Federal gunboat which had gone in pursuit of the little steamer
Hard Times. After hitching their horses
at a convenient distance, they scattered about a half mile along the edge of
the bluff, each man taking a tree, and with their Maynard rifles and
double-barrel shot guns, as the enemy’s gunboats got within sixty yards, the
first of the ambuscade line opened and the fire told with deadly effect upon
the thickly crowded decks of the gunboat, causing great confusion and
excitement among the Lincolnites. Considerable excitement prevailed on board as
they saw their comrades falling. Officers cursing men, and men cursing officers.
The Yankees used
their ordnance, but with no effect, the shot striking the tops of the
trees. They used their navy pistols
also, but with no damage other than slightly wounding a horse.
Our men fired from
one to five shots each. One of them, a
volunteer, a noted hunter and excellent marksman, fired five times, and each
time selected his man—the one with the most brass buttons on, as he expressed
it. After each shot,
he did not again get a glimpse of his subject. An hour intervened when the boat was attacked
again by Capt. Lang’s company, who were similarly ambuscaded on a bluff about
eight miles distant.
One of the
volunteers of Capt. Davis’s mounted regiment shot both barrels of his gun load
with buck shot, into a group of four of the Federals on deck, about sixty yards
from his position, and saw none of them after he fired.
One of the Yankees
cursed one of our men as he caught a glimpse of him. “You d___d
cowardly rebel.” He stepped out
and responded, “You are a d___d liar,” as he pulled
trigger on him and “settled his hash.”
The Yankees took
to the hold of their vessel when they found it too hot on deck for them.
A negro who had
been a prisoner of the Yankees , and escaped from Amelia Island
to the camp near Fernandina, states that he was made to assist in burying 47 of
the Yankees, and reports that there were 16 wounded. We trust that all our troops in the
Confederacy will profit by the example by this guerilla movement.
by Sharon Strout]