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y me either; but I learn that you are to be in command of one of the Districts (not Departments) in Florida—under my orders—and Brigadier-General Finegan of the other.
Your headquarters are to be at Quincy.
General Finegan is at present in Tallahassee, where you will go to relieve him, and receive whatever instructions he may have in his possession from the War Department.
The means at our command, for the defence of my Department (S. C., Ga., and Fla., to the Chattahoochee) are very limve guns, and obstructions not to exceed five hundred yards distant from the work.
Heavier guns will be procured, if possible.
In relation to the suggested danger to be apprehended that the enemy may land in force at St. Mark's, march via Tallahassee, or by a more direct route, to the left of that place, on the Appalachicola River, and thus turn the obstructions, it is the opinion of the Commanding General that the distance and character of the country to be traversed will be found highly
bor, under Captain Maffit.
The Sumter and the Jeff. Davis, two frail, indifferent craft, extemporized for cruising from merchant-ships in Southern ports, had already closed their brief careers.
The Nashville, a coasting steamer, made a voyage across the ocean in 1863, under Captain Pegram, and was run ashore on the coast of Georgia, to save her from capture.
In 1864 the Shenandoah was bought in England, and placed under command of Captain Waddell; the Georgia, under Captain Maury.
The Tallahassee and the Chickamauga—blockade-running screw-propellers had run into Wilmington—were also bought, and sent out with the Confederate flag, under Captains Wood and Wilkinson respectively, in 1864.
What was done by the Confederate government to raise the blockade, on the one hand, and to sweep the commerce of the North from the ocean, on the other, was accomplished, almost exclusively, by the few ships mentioned.
Such were the tardy and feeble efforts made, which show the extent of the failu