Near Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle At Horse Landing
The Columbine, under the command of Acting Ensign Frank Sanborn, was described as 117 feet in length and "a thing of beauty". The Columbine returned fire, but was soon disabled and surrendered. All but three of her crew and the army troops aboard were killed or captured. The Federal dead are reportedly buried on this rivershore. There were no Confederate casualties. After removing all the supplies and armament possible, the Columbine was burned and sunk, to avoid recapture.
It is the only known incident in history where a cavalry unit sank an enemy gunboat. Dickison was known in the Southern press as the Swamp Fox (and as the Knight of the White Camellia, by the ladies).
An interesting footnote: A lifeboat taken from the Columbine was later given by Dickison to John S. Breckenridge, Confederate Secretary of War, to aid in his escape to Cuba at the end of the war.
Erected 2001 by Marker was placed here through donations by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gary, the 3rd FL Co. A Reenactment Unit, and the Florida Confederation for the Preservation of Historic Sites, Inc.
Location. 29° 32.465′ N, 81° 42.384′ W. Marker is near Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker is on Boys Ranch Road 3.1 miles east of Route 19 when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 380 Boys Ranch Rd, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cross Florida Barge Canal Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mount Royal Site (approx. 7½ miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 7.6 miles away); Mount Royal (approx. 8.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Mount Royal Site (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lt. J.K. (Kay) Larkin Memorial Putnam County WW II Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away); Putnam County Confederate Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.