Newspaper Clipping Re: J. Patton Anderson – Aug. 15, 1864

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Newspaper Clipping Re: J. Patton Anderson – Aug. 15, 1864
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Florida and Southern Events
Of 100 Years Ago As Given
By Centennial Commission
At about this time a century
a-o. the most serious era in the
History of not only Florida but
all the Southland and all the
nation for that matter, historical
events were happening almost
daily, according to the last bul-
letin of the Florida Centennial
Commission. We note outstand-
Ing events at about this time,
during August 1864. as follows:
Food Supplies For Both Troops
And Home Folks Running Short
August 2. 1864-In his report to
Gen Joseph E Johnston. com-
mander of the Army of Tennes-
see. the Confederate Southeast
District Commissary officer.
giles a gloomy picture of food-
supply conditions in Florida,
Georgia and Alabama He re-
ports. "Possibly Georgia is in
tHe worst snape. doubtless be-
ause of the troops held in and
bout Atlanta. who have to be
first fed This done. little food
ernamns for the lesidenis u the
owns and cities Food is dis-
ti~esingly scarce, and the
iic%. despite the ban. already
.ut of reach. continue to mount.
he home folks, as you know.
General. have to ear the same
as the soldiers-the future is in-
deed dark. Because of recent
successful blockade running along
the coast, the food situation is
better in Alabhma. Though Flor-
Ida continues at the top because
of its vast cattle ranges in the
'outlet n area of the state, which
has hern supplying meat to thli
Southern armies in Virginia and
Georgia However, the herds are
being reduced dailv. and, wnen
tntls tipply is exhausted, we will
indeed be In need. You asked
about the situation. and this is
It I regre to so report "
August 5, 1864-Ma.jor-General
W'. L. Banks. commander of the
Federal armies of the Gulf. has
ordered Brig.-Gen. Woodberrv.
of the Florida command, to bring
up all troops possible in the
Charlotte Harbor section and cut
off the cattle supply going to the
Confederate forces Gen. Banks
views thi' of 1malor importance.
sa'-ing. "With their me111t supply
exhausted, and Lee's forces like-
nise exhausted, final victory will
be easy."
August 7. 1964-Admiral Bailey.
commanding the Federal Gulf
Blockade Squadron. has been
ordered to cooperate with Gen.
Woodberry in all moves to stop
the flow of Florida beef to the
Southern armies. Evidently the
Washington high-ups now realize
how Important It is to end this
cattle supply to the Confederate
August 9 1864-Woid comes
Iiviii RImlnliicnd that Senator
Ja~liel Ii Bahl has retuiriied to
tla l ic Et lh the C'uitcjtscl Ale Con-
grci5 alter an e.itended Stay in
rajar tj gEain r ist-bara liiLJiTrIa-
tin as to cordiiLos in hIs hoiT.-
etate, Fi xida.
Augtust i1. 1864--overnor Mil-
ton has cepoited to the Seleitary
of War in Richmond. that the
sheriff of Washington County has
openly deserted the Confederacy
and is now a strong Unionist.
The Governor has declared the

sheriff's post vacant, and will ap-
point a successor.
August 12. 186---Gen. Jos. E.
Johnston complains to Richmond
of the bad corn arriving for the
use of the horses. "'Tis weevil
infested, and unfit for man or
beast." Governor Milton is ad-
vised that much of this corn has
been shipped from Florida, and
has.ordered an Investigation.
August 13. 1864 Tallahassee
hears that President Lincoln is
hopeful that Florida may secede
from the Confederacy and will
rejoin the Union. So strong is
his belief that he has sent Major
John Hay, well known diplomat,
to Florida to confer with certain
political leaders who are support-
ing such a move. 'Tis said that
Hay will come loaded with pro-
mises and cash. Governor Milton
refuses to become excited, and
declares it is "'all hog-wash."
Augu.t 14. 1864-Union Secre-
tary of War Stanton says that
"all property owned and used by
disloyal Methodist and Baptist
Churches be seized and confis-
cared. unless there is an Immedi-
ate reformation in policy and

oAugust 15. 1864--General Pat-,
ton Anderson of Florida gives
his opinion of the proposal made
a few days ago by Major Gen.
eral P. R. Cleburne to emancl-
pate tne slaes and put "musketa
in the hands of all of them cap-
able of bearing arms Anderson
savs that "This plain but, in my
view, monstrous proposition wi a
calmly submitted to the generals
of this army for their sanction
and adoption. with the purpose
of carrying It to the rank and
file I will not attempt to de-
wcribh my feelings on being con-
fronted b, a project so startling
In its character-may I say so
revolting to Southern Sentiment,
Southern Pride, and Southern
Honor. If this thing is once
noenly proposed to the Army the
total disintegration of that Army
"ill follow In a fortnight Con-
cluding his letter, Anderson says
that he plans to "start in a few
days to my home in Monticello,
Florida where I expect to spend
a few days with my family."
, Note-General Anderson was
the father of Miss Margaret B.
Anderson, one of Palatka's old.
est and most beloved women.
The local U.D.C. chapter was
named In his honor-- t Patton
Anderson Chapter.' 1 "
August 16, 1864- Residents of
the west side of the St. Johns
River from Jacksonville to Pa,
latka are in a near-panic over the
report that Negro troops, recent-
ly trained, are to garrison all
this area. Credence to this re-
port comes from this official
note. in part, as follows: Federal
General Gillmore. in a letter to
Secretary of War Stanton, re-
qlIrLrt that NelO I eilrllelts
'fouin md ahJ beliig ino id li
thea nrith be ser.i iao tii Daepait-
ment." He milEts 'I hnie lit
cor.nteimpatiwon thie ccupaticn of
Flruilda, On the set barnk cf the
SAlan Juohns hi\er, at a ;ery
easily day. and I want these new
regiments to garrison the post
frcm which I draw the troops
for the expedition "
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