The Battle of Station Four, Florida - Union Reports
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The following reports are from The Official Records of the War of Rebellion, Series One, Volume 49, Part One, pages
41 - 43.
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Report of Major Edmund C. Weeks, Second Florida Cavalry (Union).
Cedar Keys, Fla., February 16, 1865.

I have the honor to report for the information of the commanding general that an expedition was made by the forces
under my command, consisting of 186 men of the Second Regiment Florida Cavalry and 200 men of the Second
Regiment U.S. Colored Infantry, under Major Lincoln, through Levy County to Levyville and Clay Landing, agreeably to the
plan submitted to you in my letter of the 8th of February, 1865. Left this post Wednesday morning, February 8, 1865; six
miles from Station Four succeeded in capturing 3 men and 4 horses, a portion of a cavalry picket of seven men
stationed at Yearty’s. Hurried to Levyville in one day. Arrived there Friday morning, February 10, and captured 10 horses,
some 50 contrabands, and a wagon. The force under Major Lincoln surprised, but did not succeed in capturing, the
company at Clay Landing; they made their escape across the river in boats. He destroyed a good amount of commissary
stores and other Government supplies. The road to Bronson being most of the way through swamp, and being obliged
to detach the most of one company to guard prisoners and contrabands, I concluded to return to Station Four. Upon
leaving Levyville my rear guard was attacked by a squad of fifteen cavalrymen; two of my men were wounded, one
severely. The enemy lost at least one man and several horses. I was not molested again during my march, although
their scouts were constantly in sight of our rear. Arrived at Station Four at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, with 100 head
of cattle, several wagons, 50 contrabands, 13 horses, 5 prisoners, and every man I took out with me; all in excellent
spirits. Sent the prisoners to Depot Key, posted Pickets, left Capt. E. Pease, Second U.S. Colored Infantry, in command,
and then went to the Key for the purpose of hurrying up transportation for the wounded soldiers, contrabands, and the
beef, and also to make preparations more complete to finish the raid to Bay Port which I had commenced. At 7 [o’clock]
Monday morning, February 13, heard heavy firing at Station Four. Returned there as soon as possible; found our men
flying in all directions; left an officer to halt and bring them up. Upon arriving at the trestle this side of Station Four I found
some sixty of the Second Florida cavalry. I immediately pushed them across the bridge (the enemy were in possession
of the end next to Station Four). At this time Captain Pease, with about forty men, all that remained with him, charged the
enemy who were making an attack on our camp. The enemy, from 250 to 300 strong, with two pieces of artillery,
commenced giving way. We took the bridge, and as soon as possible after crossing I deployed my men on the right and
left of the road as skirmishers; drove the enemy gradually back until they broke and took to flight. I followed them about
two miles; mounted some half dozen men, under Lieutenant Poole, Second Florida Cavalry, with orders to follow them
until they halted for the night. (In the meantime I sent our wounded to Depot Key.) He followed them six miles, to Yearty’s,
where he could see they were re-enfroced by a large body of infantry and were again marching out to meet us, moving
down toward Station Four. I had collected and organized our scattered forces, and found I had about 250 men. With that
small force, considering they condition they were in, I did not deem it prudent to receive a night attack. I crossed the
bridge, and about twenty minutes afterward the enemy moved into our camp. I have since learned that General Miller
arrived with 500 infantry and four pieces of artillery. The fight lasted from 7 a.m. to 12 m. The casualties on our side
amounted to 1 officer wounded (Second Lieut. T. Killean, jr., Company G, Second U.S. Colored Infantry, 5 privates killed,
6 corporals and 11 privates wounded, 1 first sergeant and 2 privates taken prisoners. I have not ascertained the losses
of the enemy, though they left 2 of their killed on the field.
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