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Loose Horses

Date(s) of Letter(s) Little, Henry F. W. The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion. Concord, New Hampshire: The Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896.


October 10, 1862
"October 5, near midnight, an alarm gun was fired from Fort Marion, caused by an alarm on the picket-post on the Jacksonville road, and all the companies responded to the long roll which was immediately sounded in all the company quarters, and the six companies at the south end of the city went on a double-quick to the fort.  Upon investigation it was found that the pickets had fired at what they supposed to be mounted men, but what proved to be some loose horses which were approaching the post in a single file, and one horse was found dead and another so badly wounded that he had to be killed.  The companies were soon marched back to quarters, and the excitement for that time was over."  (Little, p.79)