The Floridian and Journal
published the following order issued by General Finnigan
to the citizens of Florida
The enemy, by a sudden landing at Jacksonville, in some force, and a bold effort to penetrate into the interior, succeeded in getting as far as within a few miles of Lake City.
The timely concentration of our forces has enabled us to check his progress, and induce him to retire toward Baldwin.
The reinforcements now received and expected will enable us to drive him back to his ships.
The people of the State can contribute much to the early accomplishment of these results, by combining themselves in efficient military organizations of mounted troops, if they have horses, and of infantry if they have not, and reporting to me for temporary military service, with such arms and accoutrements as they may have, or by reporting singly to me, when they will be assigned to some militia organization for temporary service.
You may also render valuable service by furnishing your teams, for the necessary transportation of troops, and supplies for their subsistence.
For these the government will pay liberal prices.
Let the people all come forward and exhibit the patriotism and bravery which are their characteristic traits; and, with their aid, our gallant troops will soon drive the enemy from the country.
Let all unite in this honorable and manly purpose, and lose no time in commencing the most vigorous and determined action.