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e14 YOUNG CADETS, OLD MEN SAVED THE CAPITOL By HAMPTON DUNN WOODVILLE -This tiny community on U.S. 319, about 15 miles south of Tallahassee, is the site of the famous Battle of Natural Bridge when a brave band of college cadets joined a motley militia of o ld men and wounded vets to save the capital city from capture in the waning days of the Civil War. A large flotilla of Union forces under Gen. John Newton had landed at St. Marks, planning to take the East River Bridge, destroy ing the railroad to Tallaha ssee and to capture the State Capitol it self. The alarm was sounded. The young cadets from West Florida Sem inary, now Florida State University, and the old men of the town quickly formed a courageous fighting unit. They were led by Confed erate Gen. Sam Jones. The two forces clashed here where the St. Marks River dis appears underground, rising to the surface a short distance to the south. The Rebels had four cannon and poured the fire to the Union attackers. The bluecoats were forced to retreat. Only th ree of the Rebels were killed that day; the Federals lost 148. The Southerners were outnumbered 3 to 1. Great was the celebration in Florida's capital city. Talla hassee was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi that never fell into Federal hands. Today, F.S.U. proudly displays the Confederate Battle Streamer, an honor won that day when the cadets bested the Union soldiers at Natural Bridge.
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Young cadets, old men saved the capital
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 15, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes Woodwillve, the site of the Battle of Natural Bridge in the Civil War.
Leon County (Fla.)
y Civil War, 1861-1865.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.