was the first of the old National forts which was “repossessed” by the Government
The Confederates fled from the village of Fernandina
near the fort, and also from the village of St. Mary's
, a short.
distance up the St. Mary's River
These were at once occupied by National forces.
was garrisoned by a few of General Wright
's troops, and Commander C. R. P. Rogers
, with some launches, captured the Confederate steamer Darlington
, lying in the adjacent waters.
The insurgent force was utterly broken up. “We captured Port Royal
wrote to the Secretary of the Navy
and Fort Clinch
have been given to us.”
News reached Dupont
that the Confederates
were abandoning every post along the Florida coast
, and he took measures to occupy them or hold them in durance.
was sent with three gun-boats to Brunswick
, the terminus of the Brunswick
He took possession of it on the 9th of March.
The next day he held the batteries on the islands of St. Simon
, and on the 13th he proceeded with the Potomska
through the inland passage from St. Simon's Sound
, on the Altamaha River, in Georgia
This place, like Brunswick
, was deserted, and nearly all of the inhabitants on St. Simon
's and neighboring islands had fled to the main.
In the mean time Dupont
sent a small flotilla, under a judicious officer, Lieutenant Thomas Holdup Stevens
, consisting of the gun-boats Ottawa
, and Huron
, with the transports I. P. Smith
, to enter the St. John's River
, twenty-five miles farther down the coast, and push on to Jacksonville
, and even to Pilatka
, if possible.
on the evening of the 11th of March,
and saw large fires in that direction; and on the following day he appeared before the town, which was abandoned by the Confederate
The fires had been kindled by order of General Trapier
, the insurgent commander of that district, who directed the houses, stores, mills, and other property of persons suspected of being in favor of the Union
, to be burnt.
Under that order, eight immense saw-mills and a vast amount of valuable lumber were burned by guerrillas.
On the appearance of Stevens
's flotilla, the corporate authorities of the town, with S. L. Burritt
at their head, went on board his vessel (the Ottawa
) and formally surrendered the place.
The Fourth New Hampshire, Colonel Whipple
, landed and took possession, and it was hailed with joy by the Union
people who remained there.
Two days before Jacksonville
was surrendered to Stevens
, Fort Marion
and the ancient city of St. Augustine
, still farther down the coast,3
were surrendered to Commander C. R. P. Rogers
, who had crossed