--A gentleman from Fernandina, Fla.
; gives an account of the desolated appearance of that place.
Part of the fences have been destroyed — all of the handsome shade trees cut down.
The gardens have been laid waste.
Several of the fine residences have been burned down.
One of the churches has been converted into a theatre, and another into a nigger school-house.
Most of the property abandoned by the citizens has been sold.
The prices obtained indicate that the present occupants of Fernandina
do not regard the tenure of their ill-gotten possessions as altogether valid and permanent.
An attempt has been made to cultivate cotton upon the island, which resulted in a signal failure.
The negro fellows are organized into a regiment, five hundred strong, and are principally employed on Fort Clinch
, which now mounts sixteen guns.
A battery, commanded by negroes, has also been erected.
The white troops are encamped on the bluff.
Much sickness prevails.
At many times there has not been more than ninety men fit for duty.
The harbor has again been supplied with buoys.