Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida Page2    

This is a view looking south from the center of the Confederate line, showing the well-preserved earthworks. The Confederate line was formed in a semi-circle, with both ends resting on the St. Marks River above and blow the Natural Bridge across which the Federal troops had to charge. The resulting cross-fire was murderous to the forces of Union General John Newton, who sustained 25% casualties in the battle


This is a view of the "sink" of the St. Marks River at Natural Bridge battlefield, where the river flows down into a cavern and runs underground for a short distance. After the battle, Confederate veterans later claimed they threw the bodies of Union dead into sinks like this one, while chanting the following line, "Dark and dismal is this hole, here we throw you, damn your soul!"

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