|Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, Florida|
According to a report from Arnold to Adjutant-General Lorenzo Thomas in Washington, the two "stupid white men" were among a group of refugees who came into his lines from the western Panhandle:
|Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Arnold, USA|
General Arnold's disdain for the four pro-Union men who had come into his lines may have had something to do with the fact that they "could furnish no information but hear-say stories as to the force of the enemies in their forts, navy-yard, Pensacola, on Bayou Grande, Live Oak Plantation, &c."
Arnold also seems to have been disgruntled that he was forced to take a purely defensive position at Fort Pickens, due to the lack of transportation for large movements:
...As my position is a defensive one, on an island, I am perfectly helpless for any offensive movement requiring water transportation for 50 men without naval co-operation. I have not under my command a dispatch steamer or sail vessel, and have scarcely enough surf-boats to land stores for the command. - Gen. Lewis G. Arnold, USA, March 22, 1862.
|USS Vincennes in the Arctic|
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