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Expulsion of Rebel Families, St. Augustine

Date(s) of Letter(s) Fretwell, Jacqueline, Ed. Civil War Times in St. Augustine. St. Augustine, Florida: St. Augustine Historical Society, 1986. Little, Henry F. W. The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion. Concord, New Hampshire: The Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896.


January 31, 1863
February 4, 1863
February 8, 1863
"At the end of January 1863, another order came to expel all in St. Augustine who had sons or husbands in the rebel army.  This time the expulsion was carried out in a more orderly manner.  A ship bearing refugees was sent north on February 2 and again on February 9....Colonel Putnam refused to allow Negro troops to guard the women and children on the transport and sent some men of the Seventh New Hampshire."  The group was put off at Fernandina, where "Confederate cavalry, escorting a train of oxcarts met them and, in a cold pouring rain, set off for Lake City.  The steamer continued north, dropping off groups of women and children at several Southern ports."   (Fretwell,  p.  34).

"February 2, the steamer Boston left with a portion of the civilians who had been ordered outside the lines, and Company K was detailed to go with them as guard; they were sent to Fernandina, Fla., where they were sent beyond our lines under flag of truce.  On the 6th, the same steamer took away another load of civilians to Hilton Head, S.C."  (Little, p. 91).