fifty-one miles south of St. Augustine
It had been used to some extent by small vessels transporting arms from Nassau
and the Henry Andrew
had been sent some days before, the first-named to remain off the inlet and the second to pass within and protect from destruction a large amount of Government live-oak ready for shipment.
The commanding officers
of those vessels, with 43 armed men, had gone some fifteen or eighteen miles up the river, and having returned within sight of the Henry Andrew
, the line of order was no longer observed.
The two commanding officers
, quite in advance of the other boats, landed at an abandoned earthwork, near a dense growth of live-oak with underbrush, and were fired upon from the thicket.
and Acting Master Mather
with three of the boat's crew were killed, and the two other men in the boat were wounded and taken prisoners.
As the other boats came up they were fired into and retreated up the stream.
Under cover of the night they passed out to the vessels with one man killed.
was then lying off the inlet.
In his report he says: ‘The loss of gallant lives has expiated the error of judgment which enthusiastic zeal had induced.’
The officers and crews of the gunboats that the flag-officer
had seen safely cross the difficult bar of St. John's River
before leaving for Mosquito Inlet, saw the western sky illuminated throughout the night, and conjectured rightly that the Confederates
were burning saw-mills and other buildings at Jacksonville
At daylight they were under way and at noon at anchor off Jacksonville
The troops were landed without delay and the outskirts of the town picketed.
Two pieces of heavy ordnance, that the enemy had in transit, were found on the wharf, but time had failed him to carry them farther.
The Ottawa proceeded eighty miles up the St. John