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[41] Reconnoitering parties were sent out toward the positions of the Confederate troops at Bluff Springs and Pollard, Ala. About the middle of May some Confederate cavalrymen in Milton were assailed by a force sent to that village by boat, and a brisk fight occurred in the town. Three cavalrymen, three citizens of Milton and two negroes were carried away by the enemy.

The general plan of abandoning the coast involved other Florida points in addition to Pensacola. Fernandina was evacuated in March, 1862, and the well-constructed defenses abandoned. The town of St. Augustine was surrendered on March 11, 1862, to Commander Rodgers, of the Federal flag-ship Wabash, and on the next day Jacksonville peacefully capitulated.

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