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By William H. Nulty

At the top of 1863 the Federal forces within the division of the South have been tied up in siege operations opposed to Charleston and Savannah, operations that confirmed little development or promise. The commander of the dept, significant basic Quincy A. Gillmore, led an excursion into Florida to recruit blacks, bring to an end commissary provides headed for different elements of the Confederacy, and disrupt the railroad approach inside Florida. day trip forces landed at Jacksonville on February 7, 1864.


The engagement at Olustee, no longer faraway from Gainesville, came about on February 20, 1864. it used to be the most important Civil struggle conflict in Florida and one of many bloodiest Union defeats of the whole warfare. still, as the engagement compelled the Confederacy to divert 15,000 males from the thinly manned safeguard of Charleston and Savannah, it behind schedule serious reinforcement of the military of Tennessee, which used to be struggling with desperately to avoid the Union invasion of northwestern Georgia. Makin use of specified maps and diagrams, Nulty offers a vibrant account of this fascination Civil conflict effort.

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Gen. Richard F. Floyd to defend the Apalachicola area. After all of Governor Milton's protests concerning the raising of cavalry troops in Florida, it is ironic that the 612-man unit contained two companies of mounted infantry. 78 General Lee made a second inspection tour of Fernandina in early January 1862. He found shortages of cannon, powder, clothing, and ammunition and made arrangements to have these shipped to Fernandina from Richmond, Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah. 79 He missed seeing General Trapier, who had made his headquarters at Tallahassee.

72 His immediate concern was the Union attack on Port Royal, which took place on November 7. Florida's defense, because of her comparative lack of strategic importance, had long been of low priority. While decisions were being made concerning higher priority locations to be defended, Florida was left to fend for herself. General Lee decided that it was impossible to defend the entire South Atlantic coastline in view of the overwhelming Union naval advantage and therefore concentrated on defending the points he considered critical.

The Union occupied Jacksonville four separate times and evacuated it three times. This pattern created se- The Jilted Bride 37 rious credibility gaps concerning the Union's ability to protect those who professed loyalty to the Federal government. On March 2, General Lee was ordered to Richmond. 90 By the middle of March 1862, the towns on Florida's east coast were under Federal control. Pensacola was being evacuated by Confederate forces, Cedar Key and Apalachicola had been visited by Union raiders, and General Trapier had been relieved and replaced by Floridian Joseph Finegan.

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