--A passenger direct from the seat of war in Florida
gives us the following information:
's have now at Jacksonville
but 560 men; 500 at St. Augustine, and 1,000 at Fernandine.
There are three gunboats lying at Jacksonville
, two at the wharf, and one in the stream.
When the Yankees
first landed, but few of the inhabitable had left the place, but immediately a stampede ensued, all leaving except some of decided Yankee proclivities.
As a general thing, the Yankees
have abstained from injuring the property abandoned, but those who have taken the most active part in the war are suffering severely from their depredations.
One widow lady has two sons and two sons-in-law in the Confederate
service — her only remaining son (a mere boy and one armed) fired upon the Yankee
officers when they landed.
This lady has lost her homeland, negroes, stock, and even her household furniture
The houses in Jacksonville
have some of them, been given to the negroes.
From two Yankee prisoners, taken the other night by our pickets, the troops were informed that it was not the intention of the enemy to march any further into the interior, but merely to hold these seaports in order to render the blockade effectual, and to get as much of our property as possible into their hands.
The cars and all railroad stock were saved, and are now running regularly as far down towards Jacksonville
as our encampment, which is about five miles from the town.
Our troops are in fine spirits and eager to give them a brash-- Savannah News,