Transports which had been delayed having arrived with infantry, artillery, etc., on the 8th, at 4 P. M., General Seymour
moved toward Baldwin
Much to the regret of all, the Fifty-fourth was ordered to remain behind.
was made commandant of Jacksonville
was appointed provost-marshal, with Company B as provost-guard. Company E, with the recruits, joined the regiment on the 9th. Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
, with details by companies, picketed the approaches to the town, holding a line mainly along two small creeks.
For several days troops were landing and moving out to the advance.
Before the war Jacksonville
contained some three thousand inhabitants, and was the key-point of Eastern Florida
It had been thrice before occupied by the Federal
forces, and twice suffered from devastating fires.
The enemy only held it in small force, their main body being at Camp Finegan, eight miles inland.
It contained some tasteful residences, on wide streets densely shaded with old trees, the usual public buildings, churches, and stores.
On the outskirts were old earthworks, facing cleared ground to woods beyond.
Col. Guy V. Henry
's mounted troops, on the 8th, in darkness, flanked Camp Finegan, and at Ten-Mile Run captured five guns.
Early on the 9th, he occupied Baldwin
, capturing another gun and large stores.
Our infantry, the first evening, entered Camp Finegan, whence some two hundred of the enemy fled.
That night the steamer St. Mary
was scuttled in a small creek, the navy securing a rifled gun, but her cargo, of two hundred and seventy cotton-bales, was burned.
Our infantry advanced to Baldwin
on the 9th, over bad roads, where both Seymour
also arrived that day.