|Brig. Gen. Alexander Asboth (US)|
Commanded by Brigadier General Alexander Asboth, a naturalized U.S. citizen best remembered as the surveyor for New York's famed Central Park, the troops had started leaving Fort Barrancas near Pensacola two days earlier. They established a beachhead at Deer Point where the city of Gulf Breeze stands today and the quartermaster steamer Lizzie Davis - a former Confederate blockade runner - began the enormous task of moving troops, horses and artillery across the bay.
|Gulf Breeze from Santa Rosa Sound|
A portion of their route can be followed today on the Jackson Trail, a hiking trail in the Naval Live Oaks area of Gulf Island National Seashore. The trail follows a long section of the original Federal Road.
|Indianola Mound at Fort Walton Beach|
(Site of Confederate cannon emplacement)
Traces of their burned buildings and the cannon emplacement they had excavated into a prehistoric American Indian shell mound likely were still visible to the Union troops as they arrived and set up camp for the night.
|Waterfront at Fort Walton Beach|
The Lizzie Davis had shadowed the movement of the column by steaming east up Santa Rosa Sound. It would continue to follow the soldiers until they turned inland on the morning of the 21st, serving as a floating logistical base for the expedition.
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