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The Daily Dispatch: June 3, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Federal Excursion into Florida. (search)
laying of torpedoes. As Welaka he quitted his vessels, which from the could get no further, and moved in the interior with a strong body of cavalry and infantry, collecting cattle and cotton, until he reached Lake Henry, 200 miles from Jacksonville. From there he crossed the country to Smyrna on Mosquito Inlet, where he captured two blockade and a large quantity of cotton. --From Smyrna he proceeded Northward to St Augustine, and from thence to Jacksonville, where he arrived on Friday, May 3rd after an absence of ten days. The main result of this raid, besides a large amount of cotton, is a supply of not less than 5,000 head of cattle. No casually occurred to the success of the enterprise. A number of negroes, liberated slaves, were brought in, and a considerable band of local Floridian as who had been hiding in the woods from the conscription, joined Gen Birney on his march and rendered valuable assistance as guides and cattle drivers. The following details of the raid