At a critical time in the American Civil War, President Lincoln was up for re-election, concerned that he might lose re-election, President Lincoln desired the Union to secure Florida. As Col. Guy Henry led an advancement from Jacksonville, Florida, across the northwest, there came word that the Confederate Army had a significant number of soldiers stationed at Lake City. Col. Henry and his men began to make their way towards Lake City, but on February 10, 1964, they were caught in an ambush as they attempted to cross the St. Marys River. This paper seeks to provide an examination of the events leading up to the ambush of Union soldiers at St. Marys River, as well as the overly aggressive tactics employed by military leadership in the raids throughout the northeast and north-central Florida, leads to the conclusion that the opportunity to cut off the Confederate supply lines failed due to poor leadership, overly aggressive tactics, and a poorly developed plan of attack.
Bellamy, Micah P.
"The Ambush at Saint Marys River,"
Bound Away: The Liberty Journal of History: Vol. 5:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/ljh/vol5/iss2/1