Thursday, February 4, 2010

The City of Appalachicola Captured by Federal Gunboats

NEW YORK, April 21.

The city of Appalachicola has been successfully occupied by our troops, thus giving us another important point in Florida. The capture was effected by the gunboats Mecedida [sic] and Sagamore, with little opposition, on the 3d inst. A few shell dispersed the rebels, and the non-resident portion of the population were found in an almost staving condition. The blockade had effectually cut off the supplies on the seaboard, and their resources form the inland were not sufficient to maintain the ordinary comforts of life. Under these circumstances, it is not to be wondered at that the people should proclaim loyalty to the Union.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, April 23, 1863, p. 1

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