--We clip the following items from the Gainesville (Fla.) Cotton States,
of the 19th inst.:
All quiet at Jacksonville
It is supposed that there are between two and three thousand troops at the latter place, and arrangements have been made to take care of them.
The hotel and female seminary at Madison, Fla.
, have both been burnt; it is supposed accidentally.
Brig. Gen. Gardner
has removed his headquarters to Tallahassee
It is supposed by some that a number of Yankees have gone back to Folly Island
Others think that they have been reinforced.
Yankee prisoners state that they were informed that Union meetings had been held throughout this State inviting them in. They found the right sort of Union--of bullets and bayonets.
opened the commissary at this place when they were here, and treated their colored brothers and sisters to the good things.
The Federal General Seymour
has announced that he will give no quarter to Confederate troops hereafter.
If his next battle results as his last there will be nothing left of him to quarter.
A letter from the headquarters of the army in Florida
, dated March 18, says:
Deserters are coming in from the enemy almost daily.
They report 16,000 men at Jacksonville
and 1,000 at Palatka
They seem to desire to make a diversion in their favor in that direction.
I assure you they will be taken care of in that direction, as well as this.
The army is in the best of spirits, and confident of victory whenever they meet the vandal lee.