rivers find their way to the ocean, was calculated to deepen and improve those remaining.
Com. Dupont, in his steam frigate Wabash, with twenty other armed vessels, and six unarmed transports, conveying a brigade of volunteers, Gen. Wright, and a battalion of marines, Maj. Reynolds, setting out from Port Royal
Feb. 28. swept down the coast to St. Andrew's and Cumberland sounds; taking unresisted possession of Fort Clinch on Amelia island, Fernandina, St. Mary's, Brunswick,
March 9. Darien,
March 13. St. Simon's island, Jacksonville,
March 12. and St. Augustine; where Fort St. Mark--another of the old Federal coast defenses — was repossessed without bloodshed--Gen. Trapier, Rebel commander on this coast, having no force adequate to resisting such an expedition--Florida having ere this contributed nearly 10,000 men, out of a total white population of 80,000, to the Confederate armies fighting in other States.
A considerable Union feeling was evinced at various points;