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t towns, and then retire into the interior, where they will make a grand fight. It is reported that fifty thousand men can be thrown either into Savannah or Charleston at four hours notice. Brunswick is evacuated. At the high bluff on the St. John's River, about twelve miles from Jacksonville, there was a heavy battery planted, and some five thousand men stationed. By the contrabands we learn that Jacksonville is evacuated, and that our fleet passed the high bluff without firing a shot. SSt. John's River is twenty-five miles from Fernandina. It is on the mainland. The fleet was composed of the following vessels, namely: Ottawa,Co. A,80menFourthN.-Hamp'e Ottawa,Co. B,70menFourthN.-Hamp'e Ottawa,Co. C,80menFourthN.-Hamp'e Ottawa,Band,33menFourthN.-Hamp'e Seneca,Co. D,69menFourthN.-Hamp'e Huron,Co. I,76menFourthN.-Hamp'e Pembina,Co. H,79menFourthN.-Hamp'e Isaac Smith,Co. K,76menFourthN.-Hamp'e Ellen,Co. G,80menFourthN.-Hamp'e         643menFourthN.-Hamp'e By spec
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 84 1/2.-naval operations in Florida. (search)
he Pawnee, and organized another squadron of light vessels, embracing the four regular gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, Pembina, and Huron, with the Isaac Smith and Ellen, under Lieut. Commanding Stevens, to proceed without delay to the mouth of the St. John's River; cross, if possible, its difficult and shallow bar; feel the forts if still held, and push on to Jacksonville; indeed to go as far as Pilatka, eighty miles beyond, to reconnoitre and capture river-steamers. This expedition was to be accompain the ranks of the flying enemy. This gives us possession of a second national fort of strength and importance. Since writing the above, I have received by the Isaac Smith a report from Lieut. Commanding Stevens of his operations in the St. John's River, giving details of great interest. From Lieut. Commanding Nicholson I learn with regret of acts of vandalism on the part of the rebel commanders, (not the people,) in setting fire to vast quantities of lumber, and the saw-mills in that re
s of all our movements. Gen. Wright sent his compliments to Gen. Trapier this evening, informing him officially of what he had done, inviting him to come and reoccupy the town, and requesting him to take care of the women and children remaining. This message was courteously replied to by Gen. Trapier or Col. Davis, I which. Mayport, Wednesday, P. M., April 9. At six o'clock this morning, the evacuating fleet, in all eleven sail, got under way in regular order, and started down the St. John's River, a part bound to St. Augustine, and a portion to Fernandina. The vessels formed a long line, the United States steamer Ottawa, Senior Lieutenant Commanding T. H. Stevens, leading off, with the army transports Cosmopolitan and Belvidere in her wake. These steamers towed the schooners Chas. M. Neal, James G. Stille, Rachel S. Miller, and Magnum. Bonum. Then followed the gunboat Pembina, Lieutenant Commanding J. P. Bankhead, with the schooner Anna C. Leaverett; and last, least, but not