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Lieut. Thos. L. Appleton re-joined on the 11th, bringing on the steamer Boston the camp equipage; and tents were put up on the 14th. Although there was more rain in March than during the preceding month, the weather in the main was most enjoyable, and camp-life under canvas a pleasure. Our frequent tours of picket duty in the pine woods were always delightful, amid the trees, vines, and beautiful ferns. Deserters came in occasionally. From them it was learned that the enemy was fortifying a strong position in front of Baldwin. Most of their cavalry was ordered elsewhere in March. Both forces were apprehensive of attack, and alarms occurred frequently, occasioned by picket firing and reconnoissances. On the 23d the prize steamers Sumter and ‘Hattie Brock,’ captured at Deep Creek on the 14th, were brought to Jacksonville. During March, Lieutenant Howard was made adjutant.
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