The gunboat Alabama, from Fernandina, Florida, arrived, Bringing Capt. Davis, bearer of dispatches from Com. Dupont, announcing the capture of Fernandina and Brunswick by the fleet under his command.
The fleet left Port Royal March 6th. The first place they approached was Brunswick, Georgia, the enemy flying at the approach of the gunboats. We took possession and left the gunboats in charge. This gives government control of the whole coast of Georgia, from South Carolina to Florida.
The fleet next went 30 miles south to Cumberland Sound, the distance to Firnandina Harbor. When in sight of Fort Clinch, the enemy were discovered flying. After firing but few shots we took possession of the Fort. A train of cars was observed leaving Fernandina, on the track which runs three miles along the shore. A gun boat threw shell at the train, causing some passengers to jump off – among them are said to be two Senators, and Yulee of Florida.
Twelve large guns fell into our hands, including one 120 pound cannon, and considerable ammunition. Also captured rebel steamer Darlington, loaded with wagons and ammunition.
Gen. Wright’s forces were landed, and garrisoned the fort and earth-works, also taking possession of the city. Most of the male inhabitants had fled. This has been one of the most useful forts to the rebels. The object of the expedition is accomplished.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, March 12, 1862, p. 2