|Union Troops Occupy Fernandina, 1862|
The following account was written by a war correspondent who accompanied the troops. It was filed from Fernandina on March 5, 1862. For details on the Confederate evacuation of Fernandina and the deaths of the Savage brothers, please see: The Shelling of Refugees at Fernandina.
|Old Town Fernandina, 1862|
Upon reaching the town we found it nearly deserted, not more than a hundred white people remaining in the place. A small portion of this number express themselves Union men, while others are either silent or openly avow themselves disloyal.
|Fernandina and the Harbor, Taken in 1870s|
The town presents a peculiarly desolate and deserted appearance as we land. The few white people who are left touch their hats or bow as they pass, but they all have a half-frightened half hang-dog look, as if they feared some injury. The Jack-tars are overrunning the place, and indulging in the absurd antics characteristic of a Jack-tar on shore. A party of twenty have brought in a locomotive, pulling it all the way from the bridge with ropes. This, together with two locomotives found at the depot, and two or three platform cars, compose all of the rolling stock of the road which we have secured....
...The gunboat Senica is at the bridge which the rebels have attempted and partially succeeded in destroying by fire. Guns are heard at intervals in that direction, and it is supposed that there is still a small part of rebels near the bridge on the main land.
(Account by unidentified war correspondent and dated Fernandina, March 5, 1865.)