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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)
Finnigan. His force is scattered, and amounts altogether to about two thousand five hundred. The Florida Central Railroad, which extends from this place to Tallahassee, is in running order. A train came and departed to-day. It was the intention of the rebels, however, to take up the rails next week and transport them to anot Lake City has a population of three thousand. In a strategic point of view, it is an important place for us to hold. It is half-way between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. I estimate the amount of rebel government property captured and destroyed thus far by the raid into Florida, will reach the value of one million and a half er a pontoon or construct a regular bridge. If we have a battle there, it will, in all probability, take place at Suwanee River, which is between Lake City and Tallahassee. The section of country through which we have passed offers superior advantages for guerrilla warfare. A number of this despicable class of people has been
rospects in the world to prove successful, and would have been, if we had come prepared to advance immediately; but as it was, we gave them time to prepare for us when we did advance. We left Baldwin, at the junction of the Jacksonville and Tallahassee, and Fernandina and Cedar Keys railroads, about twenty miles west of Jacksonville, on Friday, the twentieth; marched westward eleven miles, and bivouacked for the night at Barber's Ford, on the St. Mary's River. The bugle sounded the reveillthem as our guardians, and therefore hope they will do all for us they can, and do it quickly. Your friend, A. P. Aeichhold, Surgeon Eighth U. S. C. T. To Mr. E. M. Davis, Philadelphia. Rebel accounts. Governor Milton's despatch. Tallahassee. Fla., February 11. To the President: I have just received the following despatch from General Finnigan, dated yesterday: I met the enemy in full force to-day, under General Seymour, and defeated him with great loss. I captured five pieces