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Edgar B. Davis Transcript

Barrancas, Fla, Oct 2 1864

Gen. John L. Hodgdon
Adj’t Gen. State of Maine

I have the honor to inform you that an expedition under the command of General Asboth, consisting of all the available force of the 2nd Maine Cav., 2 small Co’s of 1st Fla Cav. – so called from courtesy, and 2 Co’s of colored troops inf’y mounted, left this place on the 16th of Sept. with the intention of making a raid into the Western part of Fla.

They were transported to Deer Point – opposite Pensacola – and commenced the march.  They met with no rebel force until they reached Euchelia, 50 miles inland where the 2nd Me. under Col. Spurling surprised and captured 35 Rebel cav. who were there enforcing the conscription.

Here Col. Spurling was ordered to take a small detachment of his command and go in another direction, and rejoin the column the same day.  The main body pushed on, crossed the Choctawatchie River at Cerro Gorde and encountered a strong Rebel force at Marianna, the county seat of Jackson County. The 2nd Maine Cav. was in the advance, Maj. Cutler’s Battalion ahead, and as they advanced they received a volley from the Rebel Cav, which dismounted quite a number and killed Lt. Ayer outright. The 1st Battalion wavered and fell back, Maj. Cutler gallantly striving to rally them, but without success. Maj. Hutchinson was ordered to charge his battalion, which he did, he and Maj. Cutler leading the charge, the Rebs fleeing like a flock of sheep before them.

Charging down a street they met a barricade of wagons which they cleared in gallant style, when the received a volley from a body of militia concealed in the stores, houses and churches, which literally mowed down the head of the column. Maj. Cutler fell badly wounded, his leg broken, wrist fractured and other wounds. Maj. Hutchinson, wounded in leg & foot, Lieut. Adams mortally, shot through the chest - Lieut. Moody, Co. L in the thigh. Sergeant Clarke, Co. L, mortally wounded, Corp. Davis Co. L killed, and many other wounded whose names I have not yet obtained. I am informed our casualties will reach 30.

Our force remained at Marianna about 5 hours. They left Maj. Cutler, and Lt. Adams, Serg’t Clark and several others at that place. The occupants of the house where they are promised they should have the best of care.

The other commands took no part in the fight. It was all done and well done by the 2nd Maine, and the large number of casualties among our officers is a proof that they do not ask their men to go where they dare not lead.

Col. Woodman did not accompany the expedition. Col. Spurling did not rejoin the command until they reached Cerro Gorde on their return when he and 19 men came in with 17 prisoners, 50 horses, several teams and a large train of cattle, mules and contrabands, having been absent 5 days and accomplished all this without the loss of a man.

Our wounded are doing well.

Very Res’p’y  Gen’l
Your Ob’t Serv’t
Ed. B. Davis, Co. L, 2nd Me Cav.