The surrender of Pascofa in 1843 brought peace to Gadsden County, but as had so often been the case in the early history of the area, it was not to last. Less than two decades passed before the people of the county once again found themselves facing the prospect of war. The enemy this time was not war parties of Creeks and Seminoles, but rather the military might of the United States of America.
Yulee and Mallory tried again to obtain the information on January 7th, but the Secretary of War informed them on the 8th that the “interests of the service forbid that the information which you ask should at this moment be made public.”
Sir: Reposing special confidence in your patriotism, discretion, and integrity, I hereby authorize and empower you to raise a company of picked men and proceed to the Apalachicola River and seize and possess the arsenal, arms, ammunition, stores, buildings, and other property now in the possession of the General Government, and retain the same subject to my orders. You are requested to act with secrecy and discretion. You are further authorized to call out the Seventh Regiment Florida Militia for all aid in its power to render that you may deem necessary to retain occupation of said arsenal.