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Thread #120638   Message #2637655
Posted By: Jim Dixon
21-May-09 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Old Abner's Shoes - What's the story?
Subject: RE: Origin: Old Abner's Shoes - What's the story?
From a report by The Joint Committee on the Conduct and Expenditures of the War, April 11, 1864, in Reports of Committees by the Senate of the United States, 1864:

Baldwin, Florida, February 9, 1864.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that a portion of my command, under Brigadier General T. Seymour, convoyed by the gunboat Norwich, Captain Merriam, ascended the St. John's river on the 7th instant, and landed at Jacksonville on the afternoon of that day.

The advance, under Colonel Guy V. Henry, comprising the 40th Massachusetts infantry, the independent battalion Massachusetts cavalry, under Major Stevens, and Elder's horse battery, (B, 1st artillery,) pushed forward into the interior on the night of the 8th, passed by the enemy, drawn up in line of battle, at Camp Finnegan, seven miles from Jacksonville, surprised and captured a battery, three miles in the rear of the camp, about midnight, and reached this place about sunrise this morning.

At our approach the enemy abandoned and sunk the steamer St. Mary's and burned two hundred and seventy bales of cotton a few miles above Jacksonville. We have taken, without the loss of a man, about one hundred prisoners, eight pieces of excellent field artillery, in serviceable condition and well supplied with ammunition, and other valuable property to a large amount.

I shall have a train of cars running on the road from Jacksonville in three or four days.

The command will advance to-morrow morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Major General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. Halleck,
General-in-Chief United States Army, Washington, D. C.