Confederate Colonel Thomas M. Jones of the 27th Mississippi had been ordered to Fort Barrancas in Pensacola, with the rank of acting brigadier general and orders to prepare the installations there for evacuation. As work proceeded slowly, the local inhabitants began to leave and there was an increase in crime and burglaries in the vacated houses. Jones' response was curt and direct, ordering all "worthless people" to quit the town or face the gallows. The Confederates completed their evacuation in early May 1862 with the approach of a U.S. Navy task force. (By John Osborne)
Acting Brigadier General Thomas M. Jones, CSA to the people of Pensacola, Florida
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