a man with him who had been with me, and who was a good guide, so I felt quite safe respecting any possible imperfections that the inspector-general
might find in my work.
I never heard anything more about that matter until General Sherman
and I met General Canby
At that time we had a little laugh at my expense respecting the beauty of that map of mine, and the accuracy with which I had delineated the route.
But as I was then a major-general, and Canby
was a brigadier-general under my command, I was not subjected to the just criticism I deserved for having forgotten that map and itinerary at the time I made the march.
The next step in the strategical operations designed by the War Department for Florida
was the occupation of Fort Jupiter, and the construction of a new post there, reopening the old military road of General Jesup
and building a block-house on the bank of Lake Okeechobee
, similar work to be undertaken from the other shore of the lake westward.
The work was commenced about midwinter of 1854-5, and it was my privilege to do it. When the hot weather came on at Jupiter
, fever began to break out among the troops.
had been closed for several years, and the water had become stagnant.
Within a very few weeks, every man, woman, and child was down, or had been down, with fever.
The mortality was such that there were hardly enough strong men remaining to bury the dead.
As soon as I had sufficiently recovered to go in a boat to Fort Capron, the major sent me back with all the convalescents that were fit to be moved, and soon afterward broke up that pest-house at Jupiter
and moved the command back to Capron
So far as I know, Fort Jupiter was never again occupied, and I think the block-house on Lake Okeechobee
was never completed.
At all events, as good luck would have it, I got through with my part of the work and was ordered out of Florida
before the Seminoles