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Re: 2nd Maine Cav Arty @ Marianna?

Part of what makes the Marianna raid interesting to me is that so much of it is a puzzle, with each eyewitness account bringing both clarification and confusion.

I think Zulavsky's criticism is merited to some degree, primarily because the charge was made into a town where Asboth's intelligence had told him there was both infantry and artillery. The artillery part, of course, was incorrect, but there was a substantial body of militia present exactly as he had been told.

The account of Richardson, from the 1st Florida U.S. Cavalry, adds some perspective by pointing out that Asboth believed he was heading through town to cut off the retreating Confederate cavalry that had entered Marianna via its northern bypass. I believe that the volley fired by Montgomery's cavalry into the head of the 2nd Maine Cavalry came as a surprise to the Federals. The curve leading to Ely Corner at that time was very pronounced and Cutler's battalion would have rounded it directly into the face of the Southern line of battle with virtually no advance warning.

Enjoyable discussion, by the way.

Best,
Dale

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