Location: Baker County
Campaign: Florida Expedition (1864)
Date(s): February 20, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour [US]; Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan [CS]
Forces Engaged: Division [US]; District of East Florida [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 2,806 total (US 1,860; CS 946)
Description: In February 1864, the commander of the Department of the South, Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, launched an expedition into Florida to secure Union enclaves, sever Rebel supply routes, and recruit black soldiers. Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour moved deep into the state, occupying, destroying, and liberating, meeting little resistance on February 20, he approached Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan’s 5,000 Confederates entrenched near Olustee. One infantry brigade pushed out to meet Seymour’s advance units. The Union forces attacked but were repulsed. The battle raged, and as Finegan committed the last of his reserves, the Union line broke and began to retreat. Finegan did not exploit the retreat, allowing most of the fleeing Union forces to reach Jacksonville.
Result(s): Confederate victory
The surprising revelation of the symbolic implications of this Fourth season has had a very unsurprising effect: the Commissioner has abdicated his post for "other reasons". His final salvo is a "Call for Democracy", a sad legacy for a League that, based on an era pre-conceptus, is very un-democratic. That is to say, merit-based, which, of course, refers singularly to the will schlicht und einfach ("plain and simple").
With this in mind, it is prudent to respond to the many questions that were posed to me following last week's revelations.
(LEAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENT BOX FOR RESPONSE)
1. Is the Coming of the Four-fold another power grab?
Earth, Sky, Mortals, and Divinities is in no way a power-grab. It is a GE-STELL.