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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 87.-the campaign in Florida. (search)
e river, and anchored off Jacksonville, with her starboard-guns trained on the town. Immediately following the gunboat was the flag-steamer Maple Leaf, which was followed in turn by the other vessels. Not a gun was fired until the Maple Leaf and the General Hunter were making fast to the piers at Jacksonville, when a squad of rebel infantry, who were skulking in a piece of woods on the outskirts of the town, fired three shots at the General Hunter, one of which wounded the second mate, Mr. Norris, the ball entering the chest and coming out at the back. The wounded man received prompt medical attendance, but his condition is precarious. Soon as the boats touched the piers, General Seymour gave orders for the troops to instantly disembark, form by companies, and pursue the enemy. The first troops to land were companies A, B, and D, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, (colored,) next came the colored troops from the General Hunter, and at the same time company C, First Massachusetts cava