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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
this region they probably took with them the house-servants, including most of the mixed blood, so that the residuum seems very black. But the men brought from Fernandina the other day average lighter in complexion, and look more intelligent, and they certainly take wonderfully to the drill. It needs but a few days to show the freedom from such unfavorable influences which makes the Florida men seem more bold and manly, as they undoubtedly do. To-day General Saxton has returned from Fernandina with seventy-six recruits, and the eagerness of the captains to secure them was a sight to see. Yet they cannot deny that some of the very best men in the regiminded slaves in Among the Pines seemed rather fictitious and literary in comparison. The most eloquent, perhaps, was Corporal Prince Lambkin, just arrived from Fernandina, who evidently had a previous reputation among them. His historical references were very interesting. He reminded them that he had predicted this war ever sin
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 3: up the St. Mary's. (search)
the few remaining colored families transferred to Fernandina. I had now become quite anxious about the missinhn Adams, allowed the larger transport to go into Fernandina, while the two other vessels were to ascend the Sresented it to the school for colored children at Fernandina. This I mention because it was the only article nd military men. Lying but a short distance above Fernandina, on the Georgia side, it was occasionally visitedplicit denial, once for all. Dropping down to Fernandina unmolested after this affair, we were kindly recell sleeping on the floor, perhaps, at Beaufort or Fernandina; and yet they submitted, almost without a murmur, said, regretfully, S'pose we leave dem Secesh at Fernandina, General Saxby won't see 'em, --as if they were sly over the few remaining days of our cruise. At Fernandina we met the Planter, which had been successful on gers. Our commodities being in part delivered at Fernandina, our decks being full, coal nearly out, and time
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 4: up the St. John's. (search)
arked upon the steamers John Adams, Boston, and Burnside, to Fernandina, Florida. Relying upon your military skill and judgment, I shall ve you no special directions as to your procedure after you leave Fernandina. I expect, however, that you will occupy Jacksonville, Florida, n, Comdg. Expeditionary Corps. In due time, after touching at Fernandina, we reached the difficult bar of the St. John's, and were piloted by Judge S. of a conversation with Colonel Hawley, commanding at Fernandina, in which the latter --had offered to send four companies and a led post, I decided to authorize the energetic Judge to go back to Fernandina and renew the negotiation, as the John Adams must go thither at a Last January I ran off two of my black people from St. Mary's to Fernandina, (sob,)--then I moved down there myself, and at Lake City I lost Burnside has gone to Beaufort for rations, and the John Adams to Fernandina for coal; we expect both back by Sunday, and on Monday I hope to