--The Savannah News
contains several letters from Florida
, dated Camp Finnegan, April 10th, from which we make the following extracts:
I have no particular news to communicate to you in the present letter.
Since the late advance and repulse of the enemy everything has been quiet in this vicinity.
Deserters from the enemy are constantly coming into our lines, and tell the old tale of hard treatment and a desire on the part of the Yankees
for a termination of the war and a wish to go home.
We wish they would all go home and remain there until invited to return by our own people, which I have no doubt would be some length of time.
One of the deserters who came in this morning reports that the Yankees
lost in the late skirmish seven men killed and fifty wounded. This skirmish occurred last Saturday a week ago. He says that the Yankees
have twelve thousand troops in Jacksonville
; but that most of the white troops are leaving.
There are now no indications of a battle in this vicinity at present.
One of our scouts has just come in and reports that the enemy are reinforcing their troops at Jacksonville
This, however, is believed to be but a report.
The weather is getting quite warm, and the nights pleasant and cool.
The command is in good health and buoyant in spirits.
Another letter from the same camp says:
Nothing has lately occurred in camp to make a letter from this quarter interesting, and, with one exception, it has been perfectly quiet in front.--You have already heard of the skirmish with the enemy a week or ten days ago, but in which our squadron (the 5th Georgia cavalry) did not participate, having been kept as a reserve.
There was a swamp between us and the skirmishers, but we were within reach of some of their shells, which fell harmlessly at our feet.
It still continues quiet in front, except a few occasional shots exchanged between the pickets.
Every night or two a Union man or a Florida deserter fires upon our videttes, wounding one occasionally.
In the late skirmish there were about five hundred men engaged on either side.
The enemy acknowledge a loss of seven killed and fifty wounded. On our side I could hear of but two wounded, and they are now doing well.
The second squadron was sent to the mouth of Black Creek
, Doctor's Lake
, to drive in some Yankee Pickets, who were occupying one of our posts.
They have returned, having accomplished their purpose.
We have various reports from the enemy's deserters, who are coming in every day or two, as to the strength of the Yankee
army at Jacksonville
A deserter who came in the other day reports that all of their troops will leave Jacksonville
, and that negro troops will garrison that place.
From other sources this report is believed to have some foundation in fact.