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In Florida, Confederate authorities ban the locals from resupplying Fort Pickens and the U.S. Navy

Braxton Bragg, detail
03/18/1861
In Florida, Major-General Braxton Bragg, the new commander of Confederate troops in the Pensacola area was dismayed to discover that local businessmen were trading provisions to the federal troops at Fort Pickens and with the U.S. Navy ships protecting the fort.  He ordered that all such commerce cease and took steps to ensure an harbor patrol to enforce his order .  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 19. 

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