I bring these facts to the notice of the major-general commanding, knowing that just at this time he cannot afford a remedy, but hoping that as soon as possible troops may be supplied for the proper defense of these important points. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,Patton Anderson, Major-General.
General orders, no. 32.Headquarters Military District of Florida, Lake City, July 27, 1864.Ordered from this command as unexpectedly as he was ordered to it, the undersigned leaves this for a more active field of duty, and trusts that the recollections entertained of him by the troops of his late command may be as pleasant as those he entertains of them. Fellow-citizens of bygone days, fellow-soldiers of the present, I bid you farewell.Patton Anderson, Major-General.
General orders, no. 33.Lake City, July 27, 1864.Maj.-Gen. Patton Anderson having been relieved from command of this district, the undersigned, by order of Maj.-Gen. Sam Jones, commanding department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, assumes command thereof.John K. Jackson, Brigadier-General.
Milton, July 27, 1864.Dear Colonel: I left here on Saturday morning with two small boats and fifteen men for the mouth of Yellow river. When I arrived there I discovered a small schooner lying about two miles below with her sails down. I landed my men and made way to her and succeeded in capturing her and crew. In a few minutes I discovered another small sail coming up the bay. I secreted myself and men until she came up, and succeeded in getting her and crew. I then sent my boats and prisoners up to camp and took the small schooner and balance of my men and sailed down to East bay, where I was informed that there was a schooner by the name of Osceola anchored out about 4 miles from shore, with five men and some small-arms. I concealed my men in the boat and sailed for her and managed to get to her after dark and succeeded in boarding her. I ordered the crew to surrender;
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